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On this page, discover what Belgian food and beverage companies are up to – including the latest innovations, investments and events. After all, companies in Belgium don’t sit still for long! For bite-sized news items, satisfy your craving with some food.be snacks. Are you more interested in exports and investments? Check out our Best of Belgium long-read stories. Not in the mood for reading? There’s a food.be video to suit your tastes. Hear the voices of our own companies speak in their own words. Enjoy!

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The biggest chocolate factory in the world is Belgian

The Barry Callebaut Company began with the Callebaut family back in 1850. This highly entrepreneurial family founded a chocolate company in 1911 to add to its existing dairy and brewery. A century later, the family company had grown into an international company.

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The world renown of Belgian chocolate

Belgian chocolate enjoys worldwide fame. And with just cause: Belgium is the country that ‘discovered’ the praline and no other country has more chocolatiers. Belgium is home to a multitude of the greatest names in the world of chocolate.

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EU approves Belgian Innovation in healthy chocolate

Barry Callebaut, owning the biggest chocolate factory in the world which is located in Belgium, received the right to use the first health claim in the cocoa and chocolate industry.

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Belgium: a cheesy country?

Of course, Belgium has a lot of nice beers. And let’s not forget about their chocolate. But when it comes to other products, Belgians are often too humble.

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Remo-Frit cools its products with potato peels

Remo-Frit, a potato processing factory in Beveren Belgium, uses potato peels coming from the potato processing to produce biogas: a very nice example of using a by-product from a food processing plant as a source of alternative energy which is paying for electricity that would otherwise be bought

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Vanparys celebrates its 125th birthday

The Belgian Company Vanparys celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. This jubilee year was celebrated with a visit to the company’s production center by H.R.H Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Rudi Vervoort, prime minister of the Brussels Metropolitan Government.

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Women love beer? Sure they do!

Why do not all women drink beer? That may sound like a naive question, but it isn’t. It is a popular misconception that women don’t like beer. “Brewing is something you do with passion,“ says Belgian beer sommelier Sofie Vanrafelghem –yes, a woman- taking another sip from her beer glass.

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The complexity of Belgian chocolate

Time for a little chocolate quiz! Where was the very first praline invented? In Belgium, by Neuhaus. Where is the world’s biggest chocolate factory located? Again, in Belgium: the Callebaut factory in Wieze. Where do you find the most exquisite pralines today? You’ve guessed it: in Belgium.

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The potato is a superb product

Belgium is only a small stretch of land along the North Sea. Still, every day and every night 7,500 farmers are growing potatoes there. Planting them, digging them up, keeping them cool, testing and comparing their tastes, improving their growing process.