Barry Callebaut announces partnership with Solo Gelato to develop a gelato capsule system

By Laura Mullan
Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest cocoa producers by volume, has partnered with Israeli startup Solo Gelato to create a Nespresso-type ice cream th...

Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest cocoa producers by volume, has partnered with Israeli startup Solo Gelato to create a Nespresso-type ice cream that is able to make fresh ice cream instantly. 

The partnership has allowed the startup to use Barry Callebaut’s chocogelato mixes in the capsules after the mix was tested and proved to be viable. 

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The innovative new system was established through MassChallenge, a company part-funded Barry Callebaut that provides funding to enterprising startups. 

In addition to funds, the organization provides free office space, mentoring from industry experts and access to corporate partners. The aim is to help high-potential young businesses define their future and maximise their impact.

Barry Callebaut joined MassChallenge as a founding member of its Swiss branch in 2016, alongside other major food industry companies such as Nestlé and Givaudan. 

Founder and CEO of Solo Gelato Barak Beth-Halachmi said: “It has been a long, hard journey, but our relationship with Barry Callebaut has been one of the most illuminating and fun parts of it.”
He also noted that the partnership is mutually beneficial as it means that Solo Gelato’s products are not in direct competition with Barry Callebaut.

Massimo Selmo, head of global sourcing at Barry Callebaut initiated the chocolate producer’s involvement with Mass Challenge.

Barry Callebaut joined MassChallenge as a founding member of its Swiss branch in 2016, alongside other major food industry companies such as Nestlé and Givaudan. 

 He said: “MassChallenge not only gives us access to new product ideas and innovative solutions we might never be able to create in-house… we also get to know a talented pool of bright young people with an entrepreneurial spirit.”

The innovation is expected to make its debut in 2018.

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