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Lindt & Sprüngli is an international confectionery company. Founded by David Sprüngli-Schwarz and Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann in 1845, Lindt is a public company, listed on the Swiss Exchange as LISN. The head office for Lindt Sprungli is located in Kilchberg, Switzerland.

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Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli has been on something of a roll in recent years. The company has consistently grown its sales ahead o...

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Cristina Lazzaroni, IRI | 14 Aug 2015

Europe's confectionery market is the world's largest but sales are stagnant. How can confectioners eke out growth? IRI business insight manager Cristina Lazzaroni, investigates.


Dean Best | 19 Aug 2014

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers in the sector.


Hannah Abdulla | 17 Jul 2014

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first purchase for 16 years and one in a developed, rather than emerging, market. However, Lindt believes it would be have been foolish to pass on the opportunity and expansion in developing markets is still on the cards. Hannah Abdulla finds out what prompted Lindt to dust off its chequebook.


Lindt & Sprungli has often been touted as a potential takeover target for Nestle. However, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden argues the Swiss chocolate maker is an unlikely acquisition candidate for anyone - and suggests the company could dust off its chequebook to boost growth.

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 2 Jan 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has just expanded its cocoa farmer programme in Ghana which will see the company give support to some 45,000 farmers between now and 2016. Sustainability manager Piera Waibel spoke with Ben Cooper about what the company is doing in Ghana and why it has decided not to have any of its brands certified under schemes such as Fairtrade.


Katy Askew | 21 Aug 2013

Emerging markets have not passed Lindt & Sprüngli by but, given the company's sales growth in developed markets, the chocolate firm's drive to grow its business in new frontiers is not marked by the urgency evident in much of the food industry. Rather, CEO Ernst Tanner tells just-food, Lindt is playing a long game in countries like Russia and China, where the company must first develop the premium chocolate category before it moves to beef up its mass market presence.

Latest News

Dean Best | 6 Sep 2016

DKSH, the Asian sales and marketing agency, has snapped up a majority stake in Chinese e-commerce distributor Shanghai Sweets International.


John Shepherd | 31 Aug 2016

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has announced Martin Hug, the CFO of its US unit Ghirardelli, will become group chief financial officer from January.


Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2016

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli said this morning (22 July) that it "continues to outperform the overall chocolate market" but organic sales growth missed market expectations. 


John Shepherd | 18 Jul 2016

Italian confectionery company Ferrero has reassured consumers of the safety of its products following the discovery in Germany of mineral oils in the packaging of chocolate products from Ferrero and other chocolate companies.


Helen Arnold | 8 Jul 2016

Strong growth in the Australian market has prompted Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli   to open a A$60m (US$45m) purpose built facility in Marsden Park in Sydney.


Katy Askew | 6 Jun 2016

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli has announced president and CEO Ernst Tanner is to be replaced by chief financial officer Dr Dieter Weisskopf. 


Hannah Abdulla | 26 May 2016

Lindt & Sprungli-owned US confectioner Russell Stover has launched its first "snacking" product.


Katy Askew | 17 Mar 2016

Six confectioners, including Jelly Belly and Lindt & Sprungli's Ghirardelli, have pledged not to advertise confectionery to children in the US. 


Katy Askew | 8 Mar 2016

Lindt & Sprüngli is stepping up investment in its retail network, with the aim of becoming the "world's leading retailer of premium chocolate" by 2020.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 Feb 2016

Lindt & Sprungli has announced the launch of a fruit-centred chocolate range in France.


Dean Best | 15 Jan 2016

Diamond Foods, itself set to be sold to US snacks group Snyder's-Lance, this week took a stake in UK popcorn maker Metcalfe's Skinny. Our M&A pages featured a number of deals, including the move for Chinese dairy group Ambrosia by Irish co-op Ornua. At the ICR investment conference in Florida, the new owner of Green Giant, B&G Foods, said it was interested in more acquisitions in the frozen food sector, while Hain Celestial told delegates it could withstand greater competition in the US natural and organic sectors.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2016

US group Hain Celestial this week cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings amid pressure on its domestic business. The company's management also presented at the ICR investment conference, where it sought to be upbeat about Hain's prospects. Staying in the US, Danone warned it could pursue legal action over Chobani's "misleading and deceptive marketing" which targeted its Light & Fit brand. Elsewhere, Irish dairy co-op Ornua announced the acquisition of Chinese group Ambrosia. And we analysed General Mills' recent acquisitions of Brazilian yoghurt maker Carolina and US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions. Here is the week in quotes.


Katy Askew | 14 Jan 2016

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli continued to grow its business ahead of the global chocolate market in 2015, supported by both organic growth and the contribution from acquisitions. 


Katy Askew | 18 Aug 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli booked a jump in profit for the first half as higher sales and market share gains enabled the Swiss chocolate maker to shrug off rising input costs and the negative impact of currency exchange.


Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2015

Lindt & Sprungli has launched bite-sized versions of its Hello chocolate range in the US.


Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Fonterra this week announced plans to cut over 500 jobs as it adjusts to a slump in prices of dairy commodities, caused in part by falling demand in China. And Mead Johnson this week lowered its forecast for annual profits, with the slowdown in China's economy a factor.


Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.


Katy Askew | 14 Jul 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli reported a 17.4% jump in first-half sales, propelled by market share gains in Europe, the US and emerging markets as well as the contribution from the recently acquired Russell Stover business.


Katy Askew | 10 Mar 2015

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli booked higher sales and earnings for 2014 but its share price reacted sluggishly in early trade today (10 March) on the cautious tone of the group's outlook.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Feb 2015

Hershey has rejected claims of "unsafe" lead and cadmium levels in some of its chocolate as "old" and insisted that they were "discredited years ago".


Dean Best | 10 Feb 2015

Lindt & Sprungli has launched its Creation chocolate bars in the US.


Katy Askew | 13 Jan 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli saw revenue surge 17.4% during 2014 thanks to the recently-acquired Russell Stover Candies in the US and strong organic sales growth.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2013

It's a public holiday in the UK today (26 August) - thankfully the sun is just breaking through here in south London to help us bask in our Ashes victory - and, while we take a day's break, here are some of last week's top interviews, comment and analysis in case you missed them.

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