Lindt & Sprüngli Australia has officially opened its new $60 million purpose-built facility at Marsden Park on Monday and is expanding its operations to capitalise on the chocolate-maker’s strong growth in the Australian market.
The Marsden Park facility will employ up to 350 staff, with about 80 per cent of those coming from Sydney’s western suburbs.
Lindt Group CEO Ernst Tanner, who is visiting Australia for the milestone event, said that the company’s decision to enter the Australian market nearly 20 years ago has proven 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,” he said. “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.”
The purpose-built facility covers a 66,000sqm site, with more than 25,000sqm of factory and warehouse space and forms part of the investment in the Sydney Business Park, which will host a range of retail and recreational businesses.
This month the Lindt factory began spinning a new range of Lindt Easter eggs – which will be available to the public in Easter 2017 – using chocolate imported from Switzerland. The new range of Easter eggs will complement the iconic success of Lindt’s Gold Bunny.