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From cocoa to customer: Barry Callebaut’s new distribution centre strengthens its logistics


Zurich-based cocoa and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut will build a new global distribution centre in Lokeren, Belgium.

The project is a collaboration between AAVO Architects, a BDNA member and Warehouses De Pauw (WDP), a provider of intelligent warehouses solutions. Costing an approximate €100M investment, the centre is expected to be ready by Q3 of 2021.

The centre, with a low bay and fully automated high bay area of 60,000 sq m, will function as the key logistics hub for Barry Callebaut’s global distribution for the majority of its products and consolidate its activities operating in several locations across the Aalst region of Belgium.

Equipped with solar panels and materials, the sustainable hub also supports the company’s goal of becoming carbon positive by 2025. It will also be fully energy neutral, make use of geothermal energy and will meet the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Outstanding certification.

Employees are also encouraged to go green with extensive facilities provided for cyclists and charging stations for electric vehicles.

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