Callebaut launches dairy-free range

3 Feb 2020

Barry Callebaut has announced the introduction of the 100% dairy-free ‘M_lk Chocolate’ as part of a ‘Plant Craft’ Indulgence range.

The new chocolate is designed to satisfy the growing demand for plant-based indulgence, particularly among millennials and centennials and is part of a wider portfolio of ‘Plant Craft’ products ranging from chocolate, cocoa, nuts and fillings to decorations.

Callebaut launches dairy-free range

The company says that the launch comes at a time when sustainability-conscious consumers, especially millennials and centennials, are increasingly adopting a ‘flexitarian’ or ‘freegan’ lifestyle – navigating seamlessly between plant-based products one day and animal products the next.In the UK alone, a 2019 YouGov study found that while only 1% of consumers classify as vegan, 14% of the population have adopted a plant-based diet one or more days a week.

The new dairy-free ‘M_lk Chocolate’ is said to be creamy, milky and has the typical milk chocolate flavour and texture. It is made with an ingredient of natural origin, exclusively available to Barry Callebaut. It took a Barry Callebaut R&D team two years to develop this innovation.

“The next generation of consumers is looking for experiences that are tasty, good for them and good for the planet. With that in mind, we aim to accompany the industry in this plant-based revolution,” said Pablo Perversi, Chief Innovation, Sustainability and Quality Officer and Head of Gourmet at Barry Callebaut. “With more than 175 years of experience in mastering chocolate, creating indulgent experiences is at the heart of what we do. Through this innovation, we’re proud to offer chocolate creations with all of the creaminess consumers love, 100% dairy-free.”

To support artisans and brands across the world in creating plant-based indulgent experiences, Barry Callebaut is introducing ‘Plant Craft’, a wide range of dairy-free and vegan ingredients: chocolates, cocoa powders, nut products from paste to fillings as well as decorations.

To bring these plant-based products to market, Barry Callebaut has developed what it says is a unique European footprint of fully-segregated dairy-free production facilities, including a chocolate factory in Norderstedt, Germany. The new factory will be the manufacturer’s first facility capable of supplying dairy-free chocolate to the European market, with annual production capacity expected to reach tens of thousands of tons. The factory will be opened as a dairy-free facility in the first half of 2021.

Barry Callebaut says the new range of dairy-free chocolate, cocoa and nut products will equip industry confectioners with everything needed to create indulgent dairy-free creations. Brands and artisans can benefit from the support of the new ‘Plant Craft’ hub on, which it says serves as a source of inspiration and expert support to develop delicious plant-based creations by offering recipes, industry trend trackers and recommendations from chefs. Technical advisers will also be on hand to help with flavour pairing and workability.