Swiss cocoa giant Barry Callebaut presents world’s first chocolate 3D printer

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Swiss company Barry Callebaut specialising in producing chocolate bars for Nestle and Hershey, presented their brand new world’s first chocolate 3D printer. The innovation printer from the Swiss company will bring the industry up to a much higher technological level, allowing to produce thousands of complex-shaped chocolate bars in just a few minutes. The company is going to offer their services to hotels, pastry shops, coffee houses and other companies which would like to make a pleasant surprise for their customers. 

It should be said that 3D printing business rushed into the world food industry a few years ago. But the production scale was rather small, and the products were not widely known among the public. Swiss Barry Callebaut is going to launch large-scale 3D printing chocolate production and, more importantly, they will make the product available for the general public. 

At a Barry Callebaut launch event, one famous chef whose name is Jordi Roca, showed his own chocolate piece ‘Flor de Cacao’. He let the viewers know how cocoa bean opens up under the influence of hot chocolate sauce. Roca chef stated that, in his opinion, the new chocolate making technology will be quite surprising even for keen candy lovers, as nobody has ever seen chocolate bars being produced at such a high speed and with such a high precision level. He is sure that he will take his craftsmanship to the next level in Mona Lisa 3D studio (the Swiss chocolate manufacturers will first produce their chocolate under its decoration brand – Mona Lisa – in Spain).

According to the company’s statement, they will not start 3D mass printing of sweets straight away. The manufacturers are going to test selling their 3D printed chocolate under the brand name Mona Lisa. In case customers like the sweet production, the company will then open the large-scale production of candy delicacies. Unfortunately, it is a few years’ time we should await before the company’s production will be put on store shelves. 

Barry Callebaut’s Mona Lisa 3D is the first world’s 3D chocolate printing studio – a new universe where chocolate craftsmanship merges with advanced technology. With the new 3D printing chocolate technology, it is actually not that difficult to stay in customers’ hearts and souls for a long time. The Mona Lisa studio can treat the clients with limited-edition, personalised or other unforgettable chocolate experiences. The speed of producing, visual appearance, evenness, resolution, chocolate’s vivid taste, fineness, exquisiteness are among the most important key features of the new 3D printed Swiss brand chocolate bars. Shortly, the new technology pushes the boundaries of 3D printing opportunities.  

Old candy producing techniques, such as moulding and thermoforming, are already out-of-date and can’t keep up with the newly introduced 3D print technology. The Mona Lisa is equipped with the newest facilities and is now able to produce chocolate 12 times as faster as it was earlier.

Another big plus is packaging that the new technology offers to you. The Swiss developed a special packaging that saves the content of the Mona Lisa box from hits and blows. The new packaging is sure to deliver the delicate content to you in the safest condition. The intelligent Swiss company’s packaging reduces the risks of breaking down to minimum. You can also choose the size of packaging – from big to small. Whatever you have in your mind about possible 3D chocolate concepts, the developed packaging range will fit any cake and any chocolate bar you wish to buy. 

Barry Callebaut has been long searching for the best decision in the field of 3D chocolate producing. They tested a huge number of other technologies before they found the one which is now going to transform the chocolate producing business into a high-tech sphere. Now, with the use of the new 3D technology, thousands of chocolate bars can be produced at an astounding rate and, at the same time, the bars look like they are handmade, which is a pleasant surprise. A few partner companies supplied the required equipment, on which basis the Swiss producers used a special software program which helped them link all the parts of the new 3D printer.

Swiss chocolate designers say that one of the first products they are going to put on the market is chocolate bunnies. Pablo Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s officer, claims that much attention will be paid to details. For instance, bunnies’ hair will be much more accurate and exquisite. He also added that if using any other conventional chocolate producing technology, it’s much more difficult to make such fine strokes and points. According to Bloomberg agency, the technology will be able to simultaneously 3D print thousands of such bunnies.

Another important detail about the new Swiss Barry Callebaut’s 3D printer technology lies in the fact that the company production range is versatile and can be adjusted to the needs of any particular company. Perversi also said that they can do nearly all sorts of things. No matter what companies want to see on their chocolate products – from different names to their own logos – the intelligent 3D technology will please every single customer. 

The Swiss Barry Callebaut chocolate producing company has recently conducted a survey, which showed that 70% of their customers wanted to try something new and, more interestingly, 60 out of 100 young people had the tendency to post the photos of chocolate delicacies they ate on social media. Knowing this, the company manufacturers supposed that many young clients would find pleasure in tasting a piece of chocolate made on the newest technology, and then share it with friends and relatives. Surely, old and young both groups have the wonderful opportunity to get the Swiss chocolate long-lasting effect. For example, Ruby.

Barry Callebaut is a unique company because they can’t stop creating new ideas and transforming them into life. They have always had a ‘strong innovation pipeline’. Apart from the new 3D technology, the chocolate bars producers have also announced new Ruby chocolate bar.  

Since 2017 when Ruby was first introduced in Shanghai, many pastry chefs and chocolate manufacturers had already accepted the new Swiss company’s product. Ruby has a berry flavour, and the colour of the chocolate is usually pink. The famous Nestlé company is now willing to start producing their KitKats with Ruby flavour. The new pink-coloured chocolate bar has already become popular in many countries around the world.  

Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s officer, also stated that he can’t really say what the company is working on at the moment. He adds that their partner companies provide the Swiss chocolate manufacturers with tons of nice business ideas. They can only work hard and keep creating new technologies that will change the world.

The new 3D printing technology is already showing good results in both quality and speed of chocolate production. Surely, the large confectioners, such as Nestlé and Mondelēz, for example, will be more than happy to use the Swiss-born technology and, thus, will become partner companies with Barry Callebaut. The manufacturers and staff at Barry Callebaut say that the price for their candy delicacies will not be very high. It is quite clear that the Swiss 3D printing chocolate bar technology is going to prosper.

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