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. The outfit was opened at the beginning of this month as the company expands its operations to cater for growing demand. The new facility covers a 66,000 square metre site, with over 25,000 square metres of factory and warehouse space. Lindt & Sprüngli’s Group CEO Ernst Tanner said that the company’s decision to enter the Australian market nearly 20 years ago had proved to be one of the most successful ventures in the company’s history. “Never did we anticipate the reception that Lindt chocolates would receive in Australia when we first entered the market here. I am delighted that the growth of our business in Australia has allowed us to not only expand our operations but to provide people in Sydney’s West with employment opportunities with Lindt”, said Tanner. This month the Lindt factory began making a new range of Lindt Easter eggs which will be available in Easter 2017 using chocolate imported from Switzerland. “The fact that we are spinning a new product specifically for the Australian public is a reflection on the many successes we have had here,” said Tanner. The Marsden Park facility will employ up to 350 staff, with approximately 80% of those from Sydney’s western suburbs.