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Lindt expands U.S. manufacturing

Premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli is adding more than 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity at its U.S. headquarters in Statham, N.H. The facility in New Hampshire is one of eight production sites worldwide and the only location in North America. When the expansion is complete the facility will encompass more than 1 million sq. ft. to accommodate production, storage and distribution for products such as the recently introduced Lindt HELLO collection, LINDOR single serve bars and EXCELLENCE individually wrapped dark chocolate diamonds. "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 most recent expansion follows the a four-year growth period that began in 2006 that saw Lindt add 350,000 sq. ft. 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 cocoa liquor plant provided Lindt USA with the capability to clean, roast and grind cocoa beans needed to produce cocoa liquor used in the production of chocolate.