Haigh’s buys land to double chocolate production

Luxury chocolate maker Haigh’s Chocolates has purchased land at a new industrial estate in northern Adelaide for a major expansion of its manufacturing and warehousing operation.

The company, the oldest family owned chocolate maker, joins high-profile food and drink manufacturing businesses in Salisbury South, buying 3.6 hectares at the Nexus North development next to the Chidda station on the Gawler railway line.

The site will accommodate the company’s 10-year growth strategy with room for 9000m2 to house new production lines and 6000m2 for online fulfilment and warehousing.

Haigh’s Chocolates Chief Executive, Alister Haigh said work was scheduled to commence in coming months with the plans currently underway.

Haigh said: “We want to ensure that we can continue to deliver our great tasting chocolate to more Australians alongside our memorable in-store experience as well as supporting a strong online offering.

“In recent years there has certainly been strong demand for online purchases. We want to continue to meet that demand as efficiently as possible to ensure a seamless shopping experience for our customers.”

Haigh’s Chocolates 10-year strategy will:

  • Double capacity for tonnes of bean-to-bar chocolate made each year
  • Grow the number of retail stores across the country
  • And significantly grow online and corporate sales.

The company will retain its Greenhill Road head office where tourists can see chocolates being made by hand, and its Mile End based cocoa bean processing facility.

Picture: Haigh’s

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