Barry Callebaut : Barry Callebaut strengthens its presence in Scandinavia

  Barry Callebaut : Barry Callebaut strengthens its presence in Scandinavia

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Acquisition of ASM Foods AB in Sweden

  *Becoming the leader in Scandinavia through the acquisition of ASM Foods in
    Sweden from Carletti A/S of Denmark, including a specialty plant to
    produce compound chocolate and fillings
  *Taking over industrial chocolate and compound production of Carletti A/S,
    Denmark and signing of a long-term outsourcing agreement
  *Overall additional volume of about 25,000 tonnes of chocolate, compound
    and fillings

Zurich/Switzerland, January 18, 2013 - Barry Callebaut, the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, is strengthening
its presence in Scandinavia by acquiring ASM Foods AB in Sweden from Carletti
A/S of Denmark. The transaction includes a specialty factory in Mjölby,
focused on the production of specialty compound chocolate, fillings and
inclusions. This acquisition will add a total production capacity of 35,000
tonnes.

In addition, Barry Callebaut will take over the industrial chocolate and
compound production of Carletti A/S in Denmark including sales to third
parties, and at the same time sign a long-term outsourcing agreement to supply
Carletti A/S with their requirements for liquid chocolate and compound
products. 

The total additional volume for Barry Callebaut consisting of the ASM Foods
business and the outsourcing agreement with Carletti will be approximately
25,000 tonnes of chocolate, compound and fillings.

As part of the agreement, Barry Callebaut will sell its non-core business of
frozen pastry products in Alicante, Spain, to Givesco A/S, the holding company
of Carletti A/S and ASM Foods AB.

Juergen Steinemann, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said: "With the acquisition of ASM
Foods AB we strengthen our portfolio of higher-margin products such as
specialty compound chocolate, fillings and inclusions. This transaction will
put us in a leadership position in Scandinavia. I am also proud to welcome
Carletti A/S as our first outsourcing partner in Scandinavia."

The total cash-out as a result of the three transactions will amount to CHF 33
million (EUR 27 million / USD 36 million). The closing of all transactions is
expected for the summer 2013.

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                      Carletti Group (www.carletti.com):
Owned by Givesco A/S, the Carletti Group develops and produces a wide variety
  of chocolate and confectionery products, primarily in Denmark and Northern
Europe. The Carletti Group consists of the parent company Carletti A/S, based
 in Aarhus, Denmark, and the two subsidiaries ASM Foods AB in Mjölby, Sweden
and Carletti Polska Sp. zo.o. in Pruszkow, Poland. ASM Foods AB is the market
 leader supplying ingredients to the Scandinavian bakery, ice cream and dairy
                                   sector.

Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion)
for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to the
finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries, operates
around 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce
of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry
focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of
chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its
two global brands Callebaut^® and Cacao Barry^®. Barry Callebaut is the global
leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range
of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and
marketing. Cost leadership is another important reason why global as well as
local food manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad
range of sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works
with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future
supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.

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Contacts:
for investors and financial analysts: for the media:
Evelyn Nassar                         Raphael Wermuth
Head of Investor Relations            Head of Media Relations
Barry Callebaut AG                    Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 23               Phone: +41 43 204 04 58
evelyn_nassar@barry-callebaut.com     raphael_wermuth@barry-callebaut.com

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