01/06/2022 | Industry, International

Barry Callebaut opens its first cocoa bean export facility in Ecuador

Barry Callebaut opened Taycan, the group’s first cocoa bean buying, cleaning, drying, and export facility in Ecuador. It is located in Duran, near the port of Guayaquil, offering direct access to the Pacific Ocean.  

Taycan is Ecuador’s most state-of-the-art cocoa bean cleaning, drying and export facility and the USD 10 m investment underlines Barry Callebaut’s commitment to support the further development of the Ecuadorian cocoa sector. In addition to being the hub for the export of the group’s Ecuadorian cocoa beans, Taycan also offers a home to all Barry Callebaut’s employees in Ecuador.

Ecuador has been climbing the ranks of cocoa producing countries and with an annual production of around 375,000 tonnes it is currently the third largest cocoa producer in the world, behind Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The expansion of the group’s global footprint to Ecuador fits into Barry Callebaut’s strategy to continuously build its integrated supply chain. The new facility offers customers direct access to a wide variety of cocoa origins to provide the right mix of unique cocoa and chocolate recipes to better serve their needs.