“About Callebaut” – in a nutshell
Callebaut is a Belgian chocolate brand, owned by the Barry Callebaut Group
Many professionals who use Callebaut couverture chocolate use it for its workability and typical taste, which has remained constant over the decades.
The company’s core chocolate range is manufactured in Belgium from bean to chocolate according to traditional recipes.
Callebaut still applies the whole-bean roasting technique (instead of roasting cocoa kernels), as it did over 100 years ago. This technique allows the preservation of all the flavors and aromatic oils within the cocoa husk and fully releases them in the chocolate. Whole-bean roasting is nowadays often used by artisan, small-batch chocolate makers. Callebaut has preserved this original roasting method.
Couverture chocolate Callets, small drop-shaped chocolate pieces, were developed to optimize the workability of chocolate. Dosing, melting and tempering work better with smaller drops than with the original big 5kg blocks of chocolate.
In 1996 Callebaut merged with French chocolate maker Cacao Barry to form the Barry Callebaut group. Both chocolate brands however exist separately under the Barry Callebaut umbrella, with Callebaut as its premium couverture chocolate brand for Belgian Chocolate.
In May 2012 Callebaut was Belgium’s first chocolate brand to shift to sustainably grown cocoa for all its Finest Belgian Chocolate recipes.
- Callebaut was Belgium’s first chocolate brand to partner up directly with cocoa farmers and cooperatives to grow cocoa beans sustainably through its Growing Great Chocolate program.
- The launch of Callebaut’s Growing Great Chocolate program was aimed at making cocoa cultivation a sustainable source of income for West African farmers and have a positive impact on farmer livelihoods.
- Callebaut is the first chocolate manufacturer in the world and the first food manufacturer in Belgium to obtain the ISO-9002 certificate for its constant care for quality.
Awards and decorations
In 1993 Callebaut received the Golden Quality Logo, which is only awarded to companies that are ISO-certified and show a clear progress in terms of integral quality
In 1990, Callebaut was the first chocolate manufacturer in the world and the first food manufacturer in Belgium to obtain the ISO-9002 certificate for its constant care for quality. Over the following years, Callebaut received a variety of other quality certificates, including:
The self-checking system Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (ACS)
NOP (USDA Organic)