Lindt USA christens new cocoa roasting facility

Lindt & Sprüngli Group Chairman and CEO Ernst Tanner (left) and Lindt USA President and CEO Thomas Linemayr do the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Lindt USA's new cocoa roasting plant in Stratham, N.H. (Photo by Greg M. Cooper/Lindt USA) 
Lindt & Sprüngli, one of the world’s leading producers of premium chocolate, today unveiled a new state-of-the-art bean-roasting facility at its U.S. headquarters in Stratham, N.H.
The new 40,000-sq. ft., multimillion-dollar cocoa liquor plant provides the company with the capability to clean, roast and grind cocoa beans and, ultimately, to create cocoa liquor -- a key component in the chocolate production process. The addition allows Lindt USA to control the entire chocolate production process, from bean to finished product, at its Stratham manufacturing plant.
“Lindt’s major investment in the U.S. production facility reinforces our commitment to the highest quality standards and our desire to accommodate the growing consumer demand for premium chocolate,“ said Ernst Tanner, chairman and ceo of the Swiss-based Lindt & Sprüngli Group. “The U.S. cocoa liquor plant is another example of Lindt’s ongoing passion for producing the most premium chocolate made from the finest ingredients.”
To commemorate the facility expansion, Governor John Lynch and the Stratham Board of Selectmen both declared June 16 Lindt Chocolate Day in the state of New Hampshire and in the town of Stratham.
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