Barry Callebaut—one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers—recently introduced vegan “M_lk” Chocolate as part of its Plant Craft line. The company says the new chocolate has a traditional creamy milk chocolate flavor and texture and is made with “an ingredient of natural origin,” exclusively available to Barry Callebaut. It took the company’s research and development team two years to develop the product. The new chocolate was created to meet the growing demand for plant-based sweets, particularly among millennials and centennials. “The next generation of consumers is looking for experiences that are tasty, good for them, and good for the planet. With that in mind, we aim to accompany the industry in this plant-based revolution,” Pablo Perversi, Chief Innovation, Sustainability and Quality Officer, and Head of Gourmet at Barry Callebaut, said. “With more than 175 years of experience in mastering chocolate, creating indulgent experiences is at the heart of what we do. Through this innovation, we’re proud to offer chocolate creations with all of the creaminess consumers love, 100 percent dairy-free.” The Plant Craft range of dairy-free and vegan products includes chocolate, cocoa powders, nut pastes and fillings, as well as decorations. To bring them to market, Barry Callebaut is building its first fully-segregated production facilities for dairy-free chocolate, including a state-of-the-art chocolate factory in Norderstedt, Germany, which is expected to open in 2021.

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