Haigh’s Chocolates opens new factory to meet increased demand
Inside Haigh's new chocolate factory
South Australia’s Haigh’s Chocolates has open the largest cocoa bean processing plant in Australia to help meet increased demand for its product.
Haigh’s Chocolate Chief Executive, Alister Haigh, said the new processing plant, located at 70 London Road Mile End, will be able to produce up to 2000 tonnes of chocolate a year.
Until now, Haigh’s has only had the capacity to process up to 700 tonnes a year.
“The factory is now the largest cocoa bean processing plant in Australia and the most modern of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere,” Alister said.
“We purchased equipment from Europe that isn’t available here in Australia.
“Engineers from abroad spent many months on site assembling it.”
Haigh’s says the extra production capacity will allow for continued growth in Australia and potentially overseas.
“We have seen increased demand across the eastern seaboard as well as online meaning continued growth for the Haigh’s business,” Alister said.
“We are also looking at expanding to overseas markets due to interest abroad.”
Haigh’s currently employs over 600 people and has an annual turnover over $50 million. It has 17 stores across Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
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