The main UK plant of chocolate processor Barry Callebaut has been damaged by fire.
The company expects to maintain normal levels of service by drawing on its other facilities since the fire two days ago.
It was confined to one area of the plant and nobody is believed to have been hurt, though some disruption to operations occurred.
A spokesman told British Baker’s sister title Food Manufacture: “There was a fire in the building where the roasting was located. It was controlled very soon by local firemen and we’re currently investigating how this could have happened.”
Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufactuer of premium chocolate and cocoa products operating 50 cocoa and chocolate factories in 34 countries.
In 2012 it acquired Spanish premium nut producer laMorella Nuts and last year the fillings and compounds business that is ASM. LaMorella Nuts supplies pastes, pralines and crocants to enhance ice creams, confectionery, biscuits and desserts, while ASM produces speciality compound chocolate, fillings, inclusions an decorations.
The company has just signed up to sponsor British Baker’s National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).