Qatar buys Belgian chocolate company

BRUSSELS, Family-owned Belgian chocolate manufacturer Galler has been sold to a group from the state of Qatar, Belgian media reported Wednesday.

Based in the town of Vaux-sous-ChAvremont, in Liege province in eastern Belgium the company was founded by Jean Galler in 1976.

In 2006, a group in Qatar had bought a block of shares in the company and now the Qataris own 100 percent of the company, but have given the assurance the company itself will retain its Belgian character, the Brussels Times reported.

740,000 tonnes of chocolate are produced in Belgium every year.

Source: Kuwait News Agency