Relying on a continued success of the company, the new building – a hall of 126 m length, 30 m width and 9 m height – was constructed in a modular design to assure that further expansions would also be possible in the future, as was said in Saarlouis. The production in the new hall had already been started in November 2014.
`The erection of this further production facility in Saarwellingen is the best proof that the industrial location Saarland is a highly interesting place to be. Companies such as Ludwig Schokolade that invest in Saarland make a significant contribution to ensuring the competitiveness and sustainable development of our region`, the Minister said during the opening.
Furthermore, there is another important aspect: `In the wake of the capacity expansion, Ludwig Schokolade will create new jobs. It is expected that additional staff of up to 60 people will be needed for the new facilities`, as plant manager Bruno Proietti stressed at the opening.
The new production hall with a usable space of about 4,000 square meters is equipped with the latest production and packing installations mainly serving to increase capacities for the production of Schogetten. For, according to company officials, the main plant in Saarlouis is presently utilized to its full extent for the production of Schogetten. This is not surprising as this classic of Ludwig Schokolade has been more intensively promoted in the last few months. At the same time, recipes were refined and new varieties brought to market.
Ludwig Schokolade GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the global Krüger Group and is one of the biggest chocolate manufacturers in Europe. In 2014, the company produced over 115,000 tons of confectionery and chocolate, of which 95 tons alone were fabricated in Saarlouis. According to the company´s own information, this equates to sales of over 400 million euros. During seasonal peaks, Ludwig Schokolade employs up to 1,300 people at its Saarland locations including the Ludwig Logistik Service GmbH.
Own sales companies in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Austria, France, Poland, and Benelux are the basis for a strong local presence and enable the company to keep its course of steady international expansion.