Lindt & Sprüngli

Lindt & Sprüngli
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
Type Aktiengesellschaft (SIX: LISN)
Industry Confectionery
Founded 1845
Founder(s) David Sprüngli-Schwarz
Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann
Headquarters Kilchberg, Switzerland
Key people Ernst Tanner (Chairman and CEO)
Products Chocolate
Revenue 2.586 billion CHF (2006)
Profit increase 209.0 million CHF (2006)
Employees 7,000 (2006)
Subsidiaries Ghirardelli, Caffarel,
Hofbauer, Küfferle
Headquarter and factory in Kilchberg.

Lindt & Sprüngli AG, more commonly known as Lindt, is a luxury Swiss chocolate and confectionery company.



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 Zürcher 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 due to weaker demand in the wake of the late-2000s recession.[1]

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 manufactures products under the Hofbauer and Küfferle brand in addition to the Lindt brand. Caffarel's factory is located in Luserna San Giovanni, Italy and Ghirardelli's factory is located in San Leandro, California in the United States.

  • The factory in Switzerland has now separated and become just Sprungli.


Lindor is a type of chocolate produced by Lindt, which is characterized by a hard chocolate shell and a smooth chocolate filling. Originally it was a truffle ball that Lindt & Sprüngli introduced in 1955.[2] It comes in both a ball and bar variety as well as in a variety of flavours, each flavour having its own colour wrapper as follows:

Colour Flavour
Yellow/White White Chocolate
Red Milk Chocolate
Blue Dark Chocolate
Black Extra Dark (60% cocoa outside and dark chocolate filling)
Pink Raspberry
Green Mint
Black with green Dark Peppermint
Orange Peanut Butter
Brown Hazelnut
Brown and Gold (with print 'St Moritz') Milk chocolate shell filled with sugared hazelnut chunks[3]
Light Brown (with print 'Peanut Butter') Peanut Butter
Dark Brown (with print 'Café') Mocha
Light Blue Stracciatella: white chocolate shell with cocoa pieces with a smooth white filling
Gold with blue Cinnamon
Dark Green with red Peppermint
Black with ghosts, white and blue snowmen, lime green with pink, purple, and yellow flowers and some butterflies, lime green with white and yellow flowers, or red with hearts Milk outside with smooth white filling (seasonal flavour)
Purple/Pink with roses. Milk chocolate outside with smooth dark chocolate, sugared hazelnut chunks, and rice krispies filling.
Light pink Irish cream

Most of the US Lindor truffles are manufactured in Stratham, New Hampshire. In Switzerland the chocolates are referred to as "Lindor Kugeln" which translates to "Lindor Balls" or "Lindor Spheres".[citation needed]

Seasonal confectioneries

Display of Lindt chocolate bunnies

Lindt also produces the Gold Bunny, a hollow milk chocolate rabbit in a variety of sizes available every Easter since 1952.[4][5] Each bunny wears a small red ribbon bow around its neck. The bunny also comes in dark and white chocolate. The dark chocolate bunny wears a dark brown ribbon and the white chocolate bunny wears a white ribbon.

Chocolates wrapped to look like carrots, chicks and lambs are made. The lambs are packaged with four white lambs and one black.

At Christmas, Lindt produces a variety of items including, but not limited to, a chocolate reindeer, which somewhat resembles the classic bunny, in addition to hollow European style 'Santa', 'Snowmen' figures of varying sizes, bells, advent calendars and chocolate ornaments. Various tins and boxes are available in the Lindt stores, the most popular being the red and blue. Other seasonal items include Lindt chocolate novelty Golf balls.[6]

Other products

Other products that Lindt is famous for are its block chocolates. Current flavours from the Excellence range include:

  • Mint intense: dark chocolate infused with mint
  • Orange Intense: dark chocolate infused with orange essence and almond flakes
  • Black Currant: dark chocolate infused with pieces of black currant and almond slivers
  • White Coconut: white chocolate with crisp flakes of fine coconut.
  • Almond: white chocolate with whole roasted almonds and caramelised almond pieces
  • Poire intense: pear flavoured chocolate with almond flakes
  • Cherry intense
  • Regular dark chocolate: available in 50%, 60%, 70%, 85%, 90% or 99% cocoa varieties
  • Extra creamy: milk chocolate
  • Toffee crunch: crunchy toffee bits wrapped in milk chocolate
  • Caramel crunchy: studded with crunchy caramel
  • Lindor: the famous balls but in cube form
  • Pistachio: a creamy pistachio filling in milk chocolate
  • Mandarin: a creamy mandarin filling in milk chocolate
  • Strawberry: a creamy white chocolate strawberry filling in milk chocolate
  • Strawberry margarita: 'capsule' form with strawberry and margurita filling
  • Orange: a creamy orange flavoured filling in milk chocolate
  • Cuba: 55% cocoa, single origin Cuba
  • Madagascar: 70% cocoa, single origin Madagascar
  • Ecuador: 75% cocoa, single origin Ecuador
  • Vanilla: White chocolate with vanilla bean
  • Coffee
  • Chili: a 70% cocoa dark chocolate with red chili extract
  • Raspberry Intense Dark: dark chocolate with pieces of raspberries and almond slivers
  • A touch of sea salt: dark chocolate seasoned with sea salt

Their Petits Desserts range embodies famous European desserts in a small cube of chocolate. Flavours include Tarte au Chocolat, Crème Brulée, Tiramisu, Creme Caramel, Tarte Citron, Meringue, and Noir Orange.

Lindt Chocolat Café

Lindt shop in New York City

Lindt has opened six chocolate cafes in Australia, four in Sydney and two in Melbourne.

  • Sydney - the first is located at Martin Place and opened in 2004, a second store in Cockle Bay Wharf (2006) in Darling Harbour and a third on George Street in 2007. A fourth store opened in Miranda Westfield, in Sydney's Sutherland Shire in November 2008.
  • Melbourne - Lindt opened a flagship Chocolat Café at 271 Collins Street[7] in July 2009 and a second store at Chadstone Shopping Centre in August 2009.

There is also planning in the earliest of stages for the first United States chocolate café in Wrentham, MA.

The café has rich hot chocolates which are available in dark or milk chocolate. They also sell crafted chocolates, cakes and ice cream.

Ice cream flavours include:

  • Black forest: dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and sour cherry ripple
  • 70% dark chocolate
  • White chocolate framboise: white chocolate ice cream with raspberry sauce ripple
  • Sable cookies and cream: a sweet cream ice cream with soft cookies swirled throughout
  • Duo: hazelnut ice cream with chocolate chips
  • Almond praline
  • Vanilla bean


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