Barry Callebaut rolls out personalised 3D chocolate at scale
Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut Group has unveiled the world’s first personalised 3D printed chocolate made entirely from Belgian Chocolate under its decoration brand, Mona Lisa.
The Mona Lisa 3D Studio can now print thousands of chocolate pieces at a time with chefs and customers able to personalise designs. A team of designers transform the chocolate into a digital 3D prototype with samples and approves the prototype which can be reproduced quickly to a final product.
The brand worked with pastry chef Jordi Roca to create a unique 3D chocolate, ‘Flor de Cacao’, a creative cacao flower that opens up once it touches hot chocolate sauce.
“I’m usually inspired by the things I can’t do as they represent a creative challenge – but now, thanks to Mona Lisa 3D Studio, I can take my chocolate craftsmanship to the next level. I can imagine any new kind of design and it will come to life,” said Roca.
“Innovation is an important pillar of Barry Callebaut’s proven ‘smart growth’ strategy. I am delighted that the Mona Lisa 3D Studio allows chefs to create unique consumer experiences at scale,” said Pablo Perversi, chief innovation, sustainability; quality officer and head of gourmet at Barry Callebaut.
Perversi said the technological breakthrough positions the Mona Lisa brand at the forefront of the industry.
The 3D printed chocolates are turned into desserts, confectionery, hot drinks and pastries. Barry Callebaut said it is available to chefs and hotels; coffee chains and restaurants in specific European countries.
Hotel chain Van der Valk in the Netherlands is the first accommodation to use the technology.