The world’s largest maker of bulk chocolate is boosting production capacity in the Americas to meet rising demand from the ice cream industry.

Barry Callebaut AG, whose clients include Hershey Co. and Nestle SA, plans to increase factory capacity in the region by 15% in the next 18 to 20 months, said Steve Woolley, the company’s president for the Americas. A new facility in Canada will account for half of that, with the rest coming from expansion of existing plants.

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