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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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How could change at the top impact Lindt?

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

Winning over millennial candy consumers - analysis

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by har...

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

Simon Harvey | 9 Nov 2018

Lindt & Sprüngli has responded to criticism by campaign groups over the Swiss chocolate maker's deforestation commitments. | 9 Mar 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Andy Coyne | 1 Feb 2018

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli is investing CHF30m (US32.3m) to expand a plant in its home market. | 18 Jan 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Dean Best | 25 Jul 2017

Shares in Lindt & Sprungli slid this morning (25 July) despite higher first-half profits from the Switzerland-based chocolate maker, after the Lindor owner's sales missed analyst estimates and the company cut its forecast for annual revenue.

Dean Best | 12 May 2017

Confectioners operating in the US, including Nestle, Mars and Ferrero have announced a series of pledges in areas including pack sizes, calories and labelling.

John Shepherd | 15 Mar 2017

Lindt & Sprüngli executive Uwe Sommer is reportedly set to become the CEO of German dairy group Müller after he steps down from his current post next month.

Katy Askew | 7 Mar 2017

Lindt & Sprüngli reported an increase in earnings today (7 March) that outpaced sales growth as the group expanded its margins over 2016. 

Katy Askew | 17 Jan 2017

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli revealed today (17 January) its sales accelerated in the second half of 2016, enabling it to deliver a 6.8% increase in revenue. 

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. 

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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