12 September 2013
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.
27 August 2013
The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.
23 August 2013
Premium Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprungli has expanded its line of Excellence chocolates in the US with the introduction of bags of individually wrapped chocolate diamonds.
20 August 2013
Lindt & Sprüngli booked strong first-half revenue growth this morning (20 August), driven by a category-beating sales performance in Europe and North America. The Swiss chocolate maker said it is gaining market share in the face of ongoing economic challenges and a constrained consumer environment. CEO Ernst Tanner spoke to Katy Askew about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets for the remainder of the year.
20 August 2013
Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli today (20 August) booked an increase in first-half sales and earnings, boosted by share growth across its "strategically important" markets.
10 July 2013
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, a US division of Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprungli, has added to its range of baking products.
25 June 2013
Lindt & Sprungli is rolling out its premium Hello chocolate collection in the US.
23 April 2013
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has launched a fondue product in France.
15 April 2013
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has extended its partnership with trade services firm DKSH in a bid to strengthen its position in Singapore.
12 April 2013
The chairman of Nestle has reportedly insisted the Kit Kat maker is not interested in buying any chocolate companies as he rejected the possibly the Swiss food giant could buy Lindt & Sprungli.
5 April 2013
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli is to roll out its lifestyle brand Hello to more markets.
27 March 2013
UK-based Divine Chocolate was one of the first Fairtrade-only FMCG brands when it launched in 1998. However, the entry of larger, mainstream companies into the category, while increasing awareness of Fairtrade and boosting sales, has had an impact on the specialists. Divine commercial director David Francis spoke to Dean Best about competition, retail support for Fairtrade and the promotional battle in the UK.
25 March 2013
Last week saw the just-food team hitting the streets to bring you coverage from two key events in the industry calender: the IFE trade show in London and the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) conference.
22 March 2013
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli is investing close to EUR70m over the next two years in increasing production capacity at its sole French plant.
15 March 2013
Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli booked an increase in profit for fiscal 2012, boosted by higher sales and margin gains.
8 March 2013
Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli has entered the snacking category in the UK with the launch of its first treat-size bar for the market.
21 January 2013
Retailers in the UK and Ireland faced some difficult questions last week, when it emerged that horse and pig DNA had been discovered in beefburgers and "beef" ready meals.
21 January 2013
News that Flowers Food has emerged as the "stalking horse" bidder for various Hostess Brands bread brands in the US caught our attention last week. Meanwhile, an entirely different kind of horse got tongues wagging on this side of the pond when food safety officials found horse meat had been used in the production of burgers in the UK and Ireland. There has also been a flurry of news from the confectionery sector, with Barry Callebaut, Lindt and Thorntons hitting the headlines. We can expect more from this category in the coming weeks as the industry gears up for ISM, one of the calendar's biggest trade shows. just-food will be reporting live (and possibly even indulging our sweet tooth).
15 January 2013
As Europeans brace for more austerity in hard-hit national economies, sweet-toothed consumers have been seeking light relief in chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli.
15 January 2013
Chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli has reported a 7% rise in net sales for 2012 and estimated that profit margins widened during the year.
19 December 2012
Lindt & Sprungli has said its chocolate teddy, which is at the centre of a trademark row with rival confectioner Haribo in Germany, will remain on sale despite the Swiss firm receiving a legal setback.
5 September 2012
Lindt & Sprungli has launched a range of "decadent" filled chocolate bars in the UK.
21 August 2012
Lindt & Sprungli's first-half organic sales, announced today (21 August), failed to meet analyst expectations, as a poor economic outlook in its major markets dampened premium chocolate sales. However, the chocolate maker's profit growth and affirmation of its full-year outlook were welcomed.
19 July 2012
Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli has expanded its Excellence portfolio with the launch of two additional bars in the US.
11 July 2012
US food giant Kraft Foods confirmed its much-speculated launch of Toblerone into India last week. Michelle Russell takes a look at why Kraft has introduced Toblerone into India, which brands it will compete against and the projected growth for the sector.
24 April 2012
Heinz has appointed Giles Jepson to the role of chief marketing officer for the UK & Ireland.
16 March 2012
Consumer trends in the UK dairy market, functional foods and world aseptic packaging forecasts are the sector's featured in this week's just-food research round-up.
5 March 2012
It had been speculated in recent months but, this week, PepsiCo and German dairy giant Muller confirmed plans to start a manufacturing yoghurt in the US, where sales of the product are growing fast. Ferrero's decision to build a plant in Mexico and General Mills' acquisition of US snacks firm Food Should Taste Good also grabbed your attention, as did financial results from chocolate firm Lindt & Sprungli and Dutch retailer Ahold. And, to mark Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK, we interviewed Paul Chandler, chief executive of a pioneer in the sector, Traidcraft.
5 March 2012
Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual event that highlights the ethical sector in the UK, started this week and just-food spoke to Paul Chandler, chief executive of Fairtrade pioneer Traidcraft, about the impact that interest from bigger companies is having on the aims of Fairtrade. One company that has launched Fairtrade products, Nestle, this week said it was the first confectioner in the UK to make its products additive-free. Elsewhere, we spoke to US industry body The Grocery Manufacturers Association on sustainability and asked Dutch retail giant Ahold, which runs major chains in the US, what suppliers will do to boost stagnant sales.
1 March 2012
Lindt & Sprüngli was able to improve its profits in 2011 despite some extremely challenging conditions and the Swiss chocolate maker looks well-placed to continue this trend in 2012, writes Katy Askew.