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Bensdorp Cacao – Bussum, NL

© Frank H. Jump

Can be seen from the train from Amsterdam to Hilversum. © Frank H. Jump

The Bensdorp company was founded in 1840 in the Kerkstraat 184 in Amsterdam by Gerardus Bernardus Bensdorp as  a chocolate factory. By the end of the 19th and early 20th century there were stores in Germany and Austria.

In 1901, the Bensdorp chocolate factory was in the German city of Kleve erected near the margarine works of Van den Bergh. During World War II, the chocolate factory was completely destroyed. In 1949, the Bensdorp operations resumed. In 1962, a merger with the cocoa producers Bensdorp Blooker’s Cacao en Chocolade Fabrieken based in Amsterdam. In 1971, the company was taken over by Unilever. The company was sold in 1984 to the Barry Callebaut Group (Switzerland), which has retained the name Bensdorp today.Wikipedia (DE)

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