The innovation

As the first independent service provider in Germany, we melted blocked cocoa mass for the industry since April 2010. The combined service of storage and melting was new, innovative and unique in Germany.

In order to meet the increased demand of our customers for melted cocoa mass, we expanded our melting capacities by building a new production hall in November 2013. In addition to a melting plant for cocoa mass the new production hall included two further plants for further processing. The melted cocoa mass could be sterilized by the Petzholdt Heidenauer plant and the liquid cocoa butter could be deodorized by the Chemtech International plant.

With this new melting plant we increased our melting capacity for cocoa mass from currently approx. 70 mt per day to approx. 150 mt per day. The blocked butter itself was not melted in this new hall. This took place in our first melting plant for cocoa mass, which was converted at short notice to melt cocoa butter. We melted approx. 100 mt of cocoa butter per day. The volume for deodorized butter was also 100 mt per day.

Our “tank farm” was in the factory. This tank farm consisted of 6 tanks of 25 mt and 3 tanks of 50 mt for cocoa mass. We had 8 tanks of 25 mt each for cocoa butter. We used 6 tanks for the deodorized butter and 2 tanks for “natural” butter.

In 2021, 100% of Cotterell Cocoa Services (= CCS) was sold to our previous minority shareholder Niche Cocoa Services (= NCS). Here is the link from NCS.