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Barry Callebaut opens world’s first 3D Printing Studio for chocolates

A large Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut that works with Hershey and Nestle opens the world’s first 3D printed chocolate.

Over the last few decades, there have been numerous technological advancements that have had a significant influence on the world. Undoubtedly one of the most groundbreaking was the invention of the 3D printer, a tool that can generate real, functional 3D objects in real-time based on the specifics of digital design.

Currently, there are several types of 3D printers, and each type requires different materials for printing, such as plastic products, metals, ceramics, and food.

The elegantly crafted chocolates in cafes, hotels, restaurants, and coffee chains may soon come from a 3D printer.

In a statement Friday, swiss cocoa giant chocolatier Barry Callebaut said that the company would produce 3D printed chocolates.  The 3d chocolates will be produced at a newly established studio, Mona Lisa, which they claimed as the world’s first chocolate 3D-printing studio.

The company’s innovation chief and sustainability and quality officer, Pablo Perversi, described the studio as a “ “technological breakthrough innovation that positions the Mona Lisa brand at the forefront of the industry.”

Mona Lisa is the company’s global decoration brand. The company claimed that thousands of pieces of chocolates can be produced through the studio while maintaining a “bespoke hand-made appearance using Belgian chocolates.

The first customer of the Mona Lisa studio is Van der Valk, a leading hotel chain in the Netherlands. This service will then be accessible to chefs and hotels, coffee chains and restaurant establishments in particular European countries.

“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,” Perversi said on a statement.

The company said that during the launch event Jordi Roca –one of the most widely known creative pastry chefs, will be teaming up with the company. He will be showcasing his creativity through a unique 3D signature piece made out of chocolate named, Flor de Cacao, inspired by cacao flower.

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Jordi Roca’s ‘Flor de Cacao’ creation (Credits: barry-callebaut.com)

“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,” Jordi Roca said in a statement. “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.”

3D printed chocolate has been in existence for years, but it has not yet become widely accessible as suitable technology has not materialized. Mona Lisa will be the first brand to produce personalized 3D printed chocolate studio that will be made available to the general public.

Through this new innovation, personalized chocolate in complex forms will no longer be generated exclusively by highly experienced culinary chefs.  Now, chefs will have a plethora of new dynamic tools at their disposal.

Chefs and customers can customize a chocolate decoration to their own distinctive look, size and shape desires before a team of designers transforms the product into a digital 3D sample prototype.

Although the company is not a big shot it is known as the inventor of Ruby Chocolate –alternative to milk, dark, and white chocolate. It also has a significant influence on the worldwide chocolate industry, making chocolate for brands like Nestlé, Unilever, and Hershey, while its logo is on the back of the chocolate bar.

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