February 22, 2024

Annual General Meeting of Barry Callebaut AG

  • Patrick De Maeseneire reelected as Chairman
  • Antoine de Saint-Affrique elected as new Board member
  • All Board members reelected for a term of office of one year
  • Dividend payout of CHF 28.00 per share approved
  • KPMG AG, Zurich, reelected as auditors of the company

The ordinary Annual General Meeting 2021 of Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, was held today under the chairmanship of Markus R. Neuhaus, Vice-Chairman of the Board. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting could not take place in the usual format. To protect the health of its shareholders and employees, Barry Callebaut decided that voting rights could only be exercised by submitting the voting instructions in writing or electronically to the independent proxy. 5,177 shareholders exercised their votes, representing 4,050,747 shares and equaling 73.8% of the issued share capital.

All motions were adopted as proposed by the Board of Directors, including the reelection of Patrick De Maeseneire as Chairman and the election of Antoine de Saint-Affrique as new Board member.

All Board members, namely Patrick De MaeseneireMarkus R. NeuhausFernando AguirreAngela Wei DongNicolas JacobsElio Leoni ScetiTim Minges, and Yen Yen Tan were re-elected for another term of office of one year.

The shareholders also approved the proposed payout of a dividend of CHF 28.00 per share. This represents an increase of +27.3% versus the prior year and corresponds to a payout ratio of 40% of the net profit. The dividend will be paid to shareholders on or around January 6, 2022.

KPMG AG, Zurich, was re-elected as auditors of the company for the fiscal year 2021/22.

Barry Callebaut’s fiscal year 2020/21 closed on August 31, 2021.

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