Barry Callebaut is the DDA Vendor of the Year

Apr 30, 2016, 23:39 PM by User Not Found
JACKSON, Mich., – We are pleased to announce that the Barry Callebaut Group is the Dawn Distributors Advantage (DDA ®) Vendor of the Year. The DDA is honoring Barry Callebaut, a global supplier of gourmet chocolate and cocoa products with a long, proud heritage of providing exceptional quality, innovation and great customer service.

Mike Schrauth, VP-GM North America - Gourmet, Barry Callebaut, accepted the honor at the DDA awards dinner during the group’s annual meeting earlier this year in Dallas, Texas. The DDA is a customer-focused buying cooperative strengthened by the leverage that comes from more than $1 billion in annual member sales.

The Barry Callebaut Group has been producing chocolate and cocoa products for more than 150 years. They are global industry leaders committed to responsibly sourcing cocoa beans to create fine chocolate products.  The company is based in Switzerland and has 53 manufacturing facilities in 131 countries with over 9,000 team members serving customers of all sizes. Dawn started working with Barry Callebaut in 2007, to collaboratively launch the highly successful DDA chocolate chip program.  

“We’re honored to be named the DDA Vendor of the Year.  This achievement is the result of hard work from both partners and the meshing of two great company cultures, both sharing similar core values of integrity and innovation,” said Mike Schrauth, VP-GM North America - Gourmet, Barry Callebaut.” 

Barry Callebaut and Dawn continue to grow together by taking care of customers through the forging of strong relationships that last.  “As true partners, the sales team at Barry Callebaut often go with our sales people to call on customers to share product innovations that delight sweet bakery consumers,” said Eric Metzendorf, President – Bakery Distribution.  “Once consumers taste that incredible quality they keep coming back, again and again to drive steady growth.”

The key to creating future wins is effective collaboration that involves the entire supply chain…   

 “The Barry Callebaut team exceeded all expectations by working collaboratively with Dawn and our DDA partners to create a highly effective sales program that delivers sustainable growth for our customers,” said Carrie Jones-Barber, Dawn CEO.  “Barry Callebaut brings us complete solutions by educating customers, while providing leading edge innovations and always searching for new ways to move our industry forward.”

At Dawn Foods, we are passionately committed to creating life’s sweet moments for people all around the world. From our first donut mix, which established us as a trusted partner for expert bakers to our fully finished desserts and pastries that meet the changing tastes of today’s consumers, Dawn Foods offers a complete selection of innovative products including mixes, bases, ices, glazes, fillings, frozen dough, par-baked and fully baked products. Created with the highest quality to deliver the taste, texture and trends the world wants, Dawn Foods is proud to work with retail bakers, food service leaders, manufacturers and in-store bakeries across the globe. Through our expansive Dawn Distributors Advantage® network, we serve customers through the buying power of more than 40 facilities across North America. With locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, we bring our customers the power of global leadership combined with local service and a commitment to delivering success through relationships that last. For more information about our company, our products and our culture, please visit