WORMER, THE NETHERLANDS — Cargill has completed upgrades to its cocoa processing facility in Wormer. The upgrade represents an $82 million investment and includes a Center of Expertise for cocoa and increased cocoa powder production capacity at the Wormer facility.

“This investment is another demonstration of Cargill’s commitment to providing our customers with a broader and more bespoke service to meet their individual needs,” said Jos de Loor, managing director of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate. “This new facility along with our existing network and our food ingredient expertise will support our cocoa and chocolate growth strategy.”

The company said the Center of Expertise brings together all of the company’s cocoa quality, technology and innovation expertise. The company also is opening a fully automated cocoa powder warehouse and distribution center in the port of Amsterdam as a result of the investment.

“The Netherlands has been a focal point of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business for many years,” de Loor said. “Our new Center for Expertise will offer our customers even greater innovation and insight while upgrades to our production and storage capacities will mean they will also benefit from higher quality and customer service.”