There’s more to our chocolate than just the taste

Our innovative character is mirrored in the rich history of how Artista Chocolates was born. From establishing an artisanal Belgian chocolatier to committing to sustainably sourced chocolate, our story begins almost 40 years ago.

  • 1984

    Marc Baptista establishes Baptista Chocolates
    Originally a computer scientist, Marc Baptista sets up shop at Rue Ulens in Brussels (BE), close to Tour & Taxis where he starts producing pralines. Later, Marc turns to manufacturing chocolate bars. By 1987, Baptista Chocolates produces 10 tonnes of chocolate products annually.

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  • 1993

    Baptista Chocolates moves and builds a new industrial production line in Ittre (BE)
    The new 1.600m2 production hall allows Baptista to manufacture 4 tonnes of chocolate per day. This daily tonnage is almost half of the yearly production volume from 1987. 70% of the Baptista products are exported worldwide.

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  • 2013

    Neuhaus Holding acquires Corné Port-Royal and its factory in Wavre (BE)

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  • 2014

    Baptista Chocolates doubles its production capacity in the existing factory in Itre

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  • 2016

    Artista Chocolates is born: integration of the Corné Port-Royal production facility into Baptista Chocolates
    This comes with an extension of the 4 existing production lines and transfering of the Itre factory to Wavre (BE).

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  • 2018

    Installation of a 5th production line in Wavre (BE)

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  • 2020

    Artista Chocolates now has access to +200 hectares of cocoa plantation in Ecuador.
    Artista does this to give an answer to the raising demand of full traceable sustainable cocoa.

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  • 2021

    Artista keeps on growing.
    Using a vast network of local supermarket and retail chains, Artista products are distributed and enjoyed worldwide. You can read more about our Family & Private Label products here.

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