SOURCE: Barry Callebaut AG

September 26, 2007 02:08 ET

Strategic alliance between Barry Callebaut and Morinaga in Japan

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - September 26, 2007) -

Barry Callebaut to gain a strong foothold in Japan by acquiring production capacities from Morinaga

* Barry Callebaut plans to acquire production capacity in the highly attractive Japanese chocolate market from Morinaga, one of Japan's largest confectionery companies

* Transaction comprises a long-term supply agreement and underscores Barry Callebaut's outsourcing and geographic expansion strategy

* Morinaga plans to secure a stable procurement of liquid chocolate, to realize manufacturing cost reduction, and to further strengthen its chocolate business

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Daniela Altenpohl, Head of IR            Gaby Tschofen, VP Corp.
Barry Callebaut AG                       Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 23                  Phone: +41 43 204 04 60

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