Lindt plans to grow US capacity through a factory expansion

Lindt plans to grow US capacity through a factory expansion

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli has announced a "multi-million dollar" explansion for its US manufacturing headquarters in Stratham.

The expansion will start this spring and "roll out over the next several years", Lindt said. Upon completion the campus is expected to have more than one million-square feet of space for production, storage and distribution, allowing increased capacity.

Construction will begin at Lindt with a 108,000-square foot addition, nearly doubling the size of the campus' main building. The new manufacturing building will house additional chocolate production lines to meet company growth. Newly-added product lines include the Lindt Hello collection, which launched in the US last June and Lindor single serve bars.

The building expansion will also lead to increased storage and distribution capabilities and generate new jobs.

"Lindt continues to dominate the premium chocolate segment in the US and the expansion of the manufacturing facility will help Lindt stay at the forefront of the industry and accommodate the growing demands from the market and consumers," said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA. "Our investment in the company's growth further showcases the brand's ongoing commitment to creating the highest quality chocolate and providing chocolate beyond compare to our consumers."

Earlier this week, Lindt reported a 23.7% rise in net earnings and an 8% growth in sales for 2013.

The firm also announced it planned to grow its share of the Brazilian market through a joint venture with local player CRM Holding.

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STRATHAM, N.H.March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli today announces a multi-million dollar expansion plan for manufacturing at the company's Lindt USA headquarters in Stratham, N.H.  The expansion, which is expected to begin this spring and roll out over the next several years, is the second major expansion for Lindt USA in the last decade.  Upon completion of the total expansion efforts, the campus is expected to have more than one million-square feet of space for production, storage and distribution, allowing Lindt to continue to produce premium chocolate products from bean to finished product at an increased capacity.

The facility in Stratham, N.H. is one of eight Lindt & Sprungli manufacturing sites in the world, and the only Lindt facility in North America.  Construction will begin at Lindt USA with a 108,000-square foot addition, nearly doubling the size of the campus' main building.  The new manufacturing building will house additional premium chocolate production lines to meet company growth.  Newly added product lines include the popular Lindt HELLO collection, which launched in June 2013, LINDOR single serve bars, and EXCELLENCE individually wrapped dark chocolate diamonds, the latest extension to the company's premium dark chocolate collection.  The building expansion will also lead to increased storage and distribution capabilities and generate new jobs.

"Lindt continues to dominate the premium chocolate segment in the U.S. and the expansion of the manufacturing facility will help Lindt stay at the forefront of the industry and accommodate the growing demands from the market and consumers," said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA.  "Our investment in the company's growth further showcases the brand's ongoing commitment to creating the highest quality chocolate and providing chocolate beyond compare to our consumers."

The U.S. chocolate market is the largest in the world and one that continues to grow rapidly.  The expansion of the Strathamfacility will allow Lindt to meet the rising consumer demands for premium chocolate on both a national and global level, ultimately producing products for the U.S., CanadaMexicoEnglandChina and Australia.  These plans follow the significant Lindt USA expansion from 2006-2010, during which the company added 350,000-square feet of production, packaging and distribution facility space, and a new state-of-the-art cocoa liquor plant to the U.S. facility.  The addition of the multi-million dollar cocoa liquor plant provided Lindt USA with the capability to clean, roast, and grind cocoa beans, and ultimately produce cocoa liquor – a key component in the chocolate production process.      

Lindt is one of few chocolate manufacturers in the world that has control of the entire chocolate production process, from cocoa bean to finished product, ensuring superior taste in every product.  All Lindt products reflect a deep passion for artisan-like craftsmanship, innovation and the finest quality ingredients.  Lindt offers a wide range of innovative, premium chocolate products, including the iconic LINDOR truffles, EXCELLENCE premium dark chocolate bars and individually wrapped chocolate diamonds, the popular Lindt HELLO collection, Lindt GOLD BUNNY and a wide range of seasonal and gifting items that are perfect for special occasions.  To keep up with all Lindt product news, visit Lindt.com, "Like" the company's Facebook page and follow Lindt on Twitter (@Lindt_Chocolate).

Original source: Lindt