ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — (Marketwire) — 12/05/12 — Barry Callebaut /Barry Callebaut: All motions approved by shareholders. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.
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Annual General Meeting 2012 of Barry Callebaut AG
Zurich/Switzerland, December 5, 2012 – The ordinary Annual General MeetingofBarry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of cocoa and chocolateproducts, was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in Zurich-Oerlikon underthechairmanship of Andreas Jacobs, Chairman of the Board. All motions proposedbythe Board were adopted. 1,245 shareholders attended the meeting,representing4,188,865 shares or 81.02% of the share capital.
The shareholders confirmed the re-election of Andreas Jacobs, AndreasSchmid,James L. Donald, Markus Fiechter, Jakob Baer and Ajai Puri for another termofoffice of one year. In addition, the shareholders elected Mr. NicolasJacobs,currently Senior Director for Global M&A and Development at Burger KingCorporation, as a new member of the Board of Directors (see separate CV).Stefan Pfander steps down from the Board after serving for 7 years. TheBoard ofDirectors chaired by Andreas Jacobs expressed its gratitude to Mr. Pfanderforhis valuable contributions to the company’s development.
Furthermore, the shareholders approved the proposed payout of CHF 15.50 pershare. The payout partly consists of a dividend payment from reserves fromcapital contributions and partly of a capital reduction through par valuerepayment. The payout to shareholders will be executed as of March 4, 2013(“ex-date”: February 27, 2013; “record date”: March 1, 2013). The redistributionofthese funds to shareholders will not be subject to withholding tax and –forindividuals residing in Switzerland and holding the shares as privateproperty –income tax.
KPMG AG, Zurich, was re-elected as auditors of the company for fiscal year2012/13.
Fiscal year 2011/12 closed on August 31, 2012.
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2billion)for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’sleadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate — from the cocoa bean tothefinest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries,operatesaround 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicatedworkforce ofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industryfocusing onindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its twoglobalbrands Callebaut((R)) and Cacao Barry((R)). Barry Callebaut is theglobal leader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range ofservicesin the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.Costleadership is another important reason why global as well as local foodmanufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad rangeofsustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works withfarmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure futuresuppliesof cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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