PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — American Almond and the Barry Callebaut Group will hold a grand opening for a new production facility in Pennsauken on June 22. The new facility will offer professional and home bakers, chocolatiers and pastry chefs a wide assortment of nuts, nut pastes, natural nut butters, crunch toppings, nut flours, bake-stable fillings, marzipan and cookie mixes. The primary products produced in Pennsauken will include almonds, macaroons, nut flours and kernel paste.
The 58,140-square-foot location will add 36 food manufacturing jobs to Pennsauken, and will provide new opportunities for growth to both Barry Callebaut and its customers with advanced, cutting edge equipment and processes, the company said.
“We are excited to celebrate the official grand opening of the American Almond facility in Pennsauken,” said Dave Johnson, president of Barry Callebaut, Americas. “The site’s team members, together with the facility’s technological advancements and location, put us in a position to serve growing customer demand. American Almond plays a critical strategic role for Barry Callebaut and greatly expands our portfolio to include items that pair with chocolate and cocoa products.”
Beau Netzer, specialty products general manager for Barry Callebaut, added, “As a well-known leader in Specialty foods for 100 years, we are excited to celebrate the new facility and support future product development in the nut category. The investment made to move American Almond to the Pennsauken facility underscores our commitment to a broad product portfolio.”
Barry Callebaut acquired American Almond in 2015. At the time, the chocolate and cocoa company said American Almond would fit into its strategy of growing in adjacent ingredient products.