A Salmonella contamination incident cost candy producer Barry Callebaut $77 million, according to the company’s full-year results.
The impact of the problem was CHF 76.9 million Swiss Francs ($77.3 million) in the fiscal year 2021/22, which ended on Aug. 31, 2022.
The Salmonella incident at the Wieze factory in Belgium and temporary production stoppage, followed by a gradual ramp-up toward the end of the fiscal year, had a “notable impact” on volume and profit in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa region. There was a loss because operations were paused at the factory.
As of October, cleaning of the factory was nearing completion and it began operating again at normal capacity after production was stopped in late June.