Photos: Michael Reiner
Last Sunday, September 13, Lindt & Sprüngli inaugurated the Lindt Home of Chocolate, the largest chocolate research and development center in which scientists and international specialists will meet to continue contributing to the future of the industry.
Launched by The Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, this modern, 1,500m2, three-storey facility is located next to the company’s historic headquarters in Kilchberg (Switzerland) and aims to strengthen the chocolate industry as well as offer a unique experience for lovers of this product. Like the general director in Spain and Portugal, Marcos Ponce explains, “this is the culmination of 175 years of passion and experience of a brand whose founders were pioneers in making Swiss chocolate known worldwide. Our innovative spirit has led us to the creation of this research center ”.
The construction of this building has been carried out in record time, in just 36 months, and has involved an investment of more than 92 million euros. Designed by Atelier Brückner, it will also be the home of Lindt’s Swiss Master Chocolatiers, who will bring their comprehensive vision, passion, and experience.
In addition to having a spectacular nine meter tall chocolate fountain (video above), the Lindt Home of Chocolate has an interactive museum in which to discover the origins of cocoa or the different production techniques, a large production plant to have a first-hand look on how Lindt’s Swiss Master Chocolatiers work, a Chocolate Heaven tasting room where you can try the company’s most emblematic products, the Chocolateria where courses and workshops will be taught, the first Lindt café in Switzerland, and the largest Lindt store in the world, measuring 500 m2.
The opening ceremony of the facility featured the tennis player Roger Federer, ambassador of the chocolate brand.