Barry Callebaut Launches First 3D Chocolate Printer Capable Of Producing At Scale

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Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG has opened a 3D printing studio, resulting in the first personalized 3D printed chocolates that can be produced at scale, the supplier claims. The launch was made through the company’s Mona Lisa decoration brand.

Pablo Perversi, chief innovation, sustainability & quality officer and head of gourmet at Barry Callebaut, says: “Innovation is an important pillar of Barry Callebaut’s proven ‘smart growth’ strategy. I am delighted that the Mona Lisa 3D Studio allows chefs to create unique consumer experiences at scale. This technological breakthrough positions the Mona Lisa brand at the forefront of the industry and strengthens Barry Callebaut’s global leadership in decorations.”

Pastry chef Jordi Roca’s 3D printed “Flor de Cacao,” which opens up like a cacao flower when it makes contact with hot chocolate sauce.
Pastry chef Jordi Roca’s 3D printed “Flor de Cacao,” which opens up like a cacao flower when it makes contact with hot chocolate sauce.

The innovation combines “industry-leading technology, bespoke design and Barry Callebaut’s chocolate expertise,” which allows chefs to craft unique designs and affordably reproduce them rapidly no matter how intricate the design, the supplier reports.

Barry Callebaut partnered with pasty chef Jordi Roca to launch the printer. The collaboration resulted in “Flor de Cacao,” a chocolate shaped to resemble a cocoa bean that “opens up like a cacao flower” when it makes contact with hot chocolate sauce.

“This new way of working with chocolate is going to take consumers by surprise, with previously unthinkable shapes produced at scale and with impressive precision,” says Roca. “I’m usually inspired by the things I can’t do as they represent a creative challenge — but now, thanks to Mona Lisa 3D Studio, I can take my chocolate craftsmanship to the next level. I can imagine any new kind of design and it will come to life.”