Barry Callebaut, the world's biggest chocolate maker, recently reported lower nine-month sales volumes than a year ago as customer demand dropped in an inflationary environment.
"Our volume was in line with the declining underlying chocolate confectionery market, excluding the residual effects of the Wieze incident," said Peter Feld, who took over as chief executive in April.
The firm's volumes were hampered by a salmonella outbreak at its Wieze plant last year.
The company confirmed its guidance of no volume growth for the year but said it would provide a full strategic update at a full-year earnings publication in November.
The Zurich-based firm cut its guidance twice this year as it struggled to recover from a dip in chocolate purchases by its inflation-hit customers.
Sales Volumes Fall
Barry Callebaut, which supplies chocolate for a range of producers including industry leaders such as Unilever and Nestlé, said sales volumes in the nine months ended 31 May fell 2.7% compared with the same period a year ago to 1.7 million tonnes, in line with analysts' forecast in the company-provided consensus.
Barry Callebaut's nine-month sales revenue rose to 6.29 billion Swiss francs, also in line with analysts' estimates.