Founded : 1845
Founder(s) : David Sprungli- Schwarz
Rudolf Sprungli- Ammann
Head quarters : kilchberg, switzerland
CEO &Chairman: Ernst Tanner
Industry : confectionery
Employees : 7712
Lindt & Sprüngli AG, more commonly known as Lindt, is a luxury Swiss chocolate and confectionery company.
The story begins in 1845: Confectioner, David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his inventive son, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, owned a small confectionery shop in Zurich’s Old Town, and then a second and larger confectionery and refreshment room at Zurich’s Paradeplatz. Today the Group is comprised of manufacturing sites in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the USA. They started as modest candymakers and they became the company that we know now!
For over 150 years Lindt & Sprüngli has decidedly adhered to the principle of premium quality. The trademark “Lindt” is the guarantee for chocolate manufactured with the greatest care from the highest quality ingredients and famous for its distinct smoothness, characteristic taste and innovative flair.
For over 150 years Lindt & Sprüngli has decidedly adhered to the principle of premium quality. The company works with processes and plants that reflect state-of-the-art technology in the chocolate industry. Rationalization is not the only consideration foremost in technological progress, but rather the guarantee and enhancement of quality. Lindt & Sprüngli does everything in its power to consistently renew the trust of its loyal chocolate lovers. The trademark “LINDT” is the guarantee for chocolate manufactured with the greatest care from the highest quality ingredients and famous for its distinct smoothness, characteristic taste and innovative flair.
Quality and innovation are LINDT’s number one priorities and the commitment to consumers. LINDT manufactures and sells superior chocolate, confectionery and cocoa products because its corporate philosophy is to:
Use only the best ingredients and materials
Innovate and enhance recipes
Have state-of-the-art manufacturing
Employ highly-qualified people
The origins of the company date back to 1845. David Sprüngli-Schwarz and his son, Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann owned a small confectionery shop in the old town of Zurich, to which two years later a small factory was added to produce chocolate in solid form. David Sprüngli.
With the retirement of Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann in 1892, the business was divided between his two sons. The younger, David Robert, received two confectionery stores that became known under the name Confiserie Sprüngli. The elder brother, Johann Rudolf, received the chocolate factory. To raise the necessary finance for his expansion plans, Johann Rudolf converted in 1899 his private company into "Chocolat Sprüngli AG". In that same year, he acquired the chocolate factory of Rodolphe Lindt in Bern and the company changed its name to Aktiengesellschaft Vereinigte Berner und Züricher Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (United Bern and Zurich Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Factory Ltd.).
In 1994, Lindt & Sprüngli acquired the Austrian chocolatier, Hofbauer, and integrated it along with its Küfferle brand into the company. In 1997 and 1998, respectively, the company acquired the Italian chocolatier, Caffarel and the American chocolatier, Ghirardelli, and integrated them into the company as wholly owned subsidiaries. Since then, Lindt & Sprüngli has expanded the once-regional Ghirardelli to the international market.
On March 17, 2009, Lindt announced the closure of 50 of its 80 retail boutiques in the United States because of weaker demand in the wake of the late-2000s recession.
Lindt & Sprüngli has six factories located in Kilchberg, Switzerland; Aachen, Germany; Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France; Induno Olona, Italy; Gloggnitz, Austria; and Stratham, New Hampshire in the United States. The factory in Gloggnitz, Austria...