Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Three foreign investors look set to build cocoa-processing plants in West Sulawesi province next year with a combined production capacity of 90,000 tons per month, a spokesman said.
The three were Geogchoubou Group Company (CGGC) of China, Barry Callebaut of the Netherlands, and International Container Group of the Philippines, Harry Warganegara, chief of the West Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said on Friday.
He said CGGC intended to build a cocoa-processing plant with a production capacity of 20,000 tons per month to produce butter and powder.
"Hopefully, the plant will be built in 2011 and start operation in 2012. The construction of the plant will cost less than Rp300 billion," he said on the sidelines of the National Plantation Innovation Expo 2010 at the Convention Hall here.
He said Barry Callebaut would build a cocoa-processing plant with a production capacity of 50,000 tons per month at a cost of Rp500 billion, he said.
"They want to relocate their plants in Malaysia and Singapore (to Indonesia)," he said.
The International Container Group meanwhile would build a cocoa-processing plant with a production capacity of 20,000 tons, he said.
He said state-owned retail company PT Sarinah also had submitted a proposal to the local authorities for the construction of a cocoa-processing plant in the province. (*)