Kilchberg, September 10, 2020

Lindt Home of Chocolate grand opening: Spectacular unveiling of the chocolate fountain with Roger Federer and Swiss Federal Council Ueli Maurer

As of today, the world is another chocolate-themed attraction richer. With a spectacular inauguration, the curtain was raised on the new Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg. The unique Chocolate Competence Center with interactive museum, research plant, open-view production line and many other highlights will be delighting visitors from Switzerland and across the world from Sunday on. Swiss Federal Council Ueli Maurer, President of the Foundation’s Board Ernst Tanner and brand ambassador Roger Federer unveiled the centerpiece of the new Lindt Home of Chocolate – the over 9-meter high chocolate fountain.

Lindt Home of Chocolate – main project of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation

The Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation aims to continue the work of the chocolate pioneers and further strengthen Switzerland in its role as a leading chocolate producing country in the long-term. While the pioneers established the chocolate industry more than 200 years ago, the Foundation promotes today’s innovations, thereby providing the entire industry with new impetus. The chocolate museum is the charitable foundation’s main project and represents a comprehensive information platform for the wider public. “The Lindt Home of Chocolate will play an important role in safeguarding Switzerland’s position as a chocolate country in the long-term, as well as contribute to the transfer of knowledge across the entire industry,” explains Ernst Tanner, President of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation. More than 100 million Swiss francs were invested in the Chocolate Competence Center. Situated close to Zurich and benefiting from excellent public transport connections, the new attraction will provide an exciting destination for up to 350,000 chocolate fans from Switzerland and abroad.

For experts and chocolate fans

The Lindt Home of Chocolate is the home of the renowned Master Chocolatiers, who are now opening their doors and inviting guests to immerse themselves into the fantastical world of chocolate. In addition to the research plant with open-view production line, the Lindt Home of Chocolate also features a 1500 square meter exhibition that takes visitors on a journey into the world of chocolate. First stop on this journey is a cocoa plantation in Ghana. Chocolate fans both young and old then travel along a time-line of chocolate history and follow in the footsteps of the Swiss pioneers. The exhibition also provides a glimpse into some of the secrets of chocolate production. After absorbing all these stimulating facts about chocolate, visitors complete the tour in the tasting room, where numerous masterpieces await to be sampled.

After more than three years of planning and preparation, the pilot plant research facility was successfully brought into operation at the beginning of 2020. The facility combines maximum flexibility and functionality with highest quality implementation and is available to chocolate producers and research institutes as well as universities. Here, professionals can develop recipes on a small scale and simulate the optimization of production sequences and process technologies – factors that are important to the chocolate industry overall. The facility also provides an ideal infrastructure for sector-specific further education and advanced training of specialists.

And last but not least, the Lindt Home of Chocolate also houses the world’s largest Lindt Chocolate Shop, Switzerland’s very first Lindt Café, as well as the Chocolateria for courses in chocolate making, all of which are operated by the subsidiary Lindt & Sprüngli Schweiz AG.

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