Barry Callebaut has announced that it has created a long-term outsourcing agreement with Atlantic Shark, a leading chocolate, biscuit and candy manufacturer in Serbia, that will strengthen its position in Southeastern Europe.

This new deal will make Barry Callebaut one of its “top-tier” compound suppliers and sole supplier of chocolate.

Atlantic Stark is the first regional customer that will be supplied from Barry Callebaut’s new factory in Novi Sad, Serbia. Deliveries to Atlantic Stark will start immediately. A part of the volume will include Cocoa Horizons cocoa, Barry Callebaut’s preferred vehicle to implement sustainability initiatives.

Rogier van Sligter, Co-President EMEA, commented: “This outsourcing agreement is an important step to serve the still largely captive Southeastern European markets with chocolate and compound. Thanks to Barry Callebaut’s Cocoa Horizons certification, we will also create more visibility for sustainable chocolate in Southeastern Europe, something both our customers and consumers are keenly interested in.”

No financial details have been disclosed.