Global chocolatier Barry Callebaut has seen sales volumes rise in Europe - outperforming the declining global chocolate confectionery market.

The company’s sales were up 2.5% in the nine months to 31 May 2015, while the rest of the market declined by 2.0%, according to Nielsen data.

It said that sales volume maintained its growth pace, which was supported by a strong development in the food manufacturer’s business and a double-digit increase in the beverages business.

Juergen Steinemann, chief executive of the Barry Callebaut Group, said: “I am pleased with our volume growth in the past nine months. With 2.5% we significantly outperformed the global chocolate confectionery market, which declined by 2.1%, currently affected by recent price increases for consumer products and rather soft economies across the globe.

“Our growth was broadly based, supported by our growth drivers outsourcing, emerging markets and gourmet and speciality products.”

During the period, the chocolate supplier acquired American Almonds, an artisan nut-based ingredients company, to grow its adjacent ingredient offering.

The Barry Callebaut Group, a sponsor of the National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products.

The group runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs more than 9,300 people.