You all know my favourite quote “Chocolate will cure almost everything” but did you know it can also make you a millionaire?
Going along to yesterdays Lindt & Sprüngli AGM left me ready to invest in chocolate at the drop of a hat – if only the shares weren’t quite so high right now!!!
Chocolate Making Millionaires
If you had invested the approximate price of one Lindt & Sprüngli share today (CHF 66’000) 23 years ago (which was when Ernst Tanner became CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli), that investment would now be worth:
What a tribute to the man who just recently stepped down from being CEO and is now Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. A Board which I am happy to tell you has 40% female membership! Can’t wait to see a women in their operative Management Board.
5 Fabulous Fun Lindt & Sprüngli Facts:
2’500 Lindor Kugeln are produced each minute!
A galaxy of Chocolate
From 1993 – 2017, 38’269’602’001 Lindor Kugeln were produced.
At 2.764 cm in diameter, if you laid them all out in a line you would cover 1’057’772 km
Enough to get you to the moon and back !
Around the World and more
If you put all the Gold Lindt Chocolate bunnies that have been produced to date in a row you would have enough to go 2.5 times around the world.
8’000 Easter surprises
This Easter 8’000 gold chocolate bunnies were given away to children in hospital and hospital staff. In Basel the children were even given their chocolate personally by Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer. See video here
14’660 KG Chocolate walking through Zurich
2’932 shareholders attended the Lindt & Sprüngli AGM. Each person attending received a 5 kg box of chocolate. A wonderful 14’660 kg chocolate walking through the streets of Zurich!
2016 in Summary:
Despite a tough year in 2016 with high Cocoa prices and political uncertainty:
- 6.8% growth
- 10.2% increase in net profit
- 10% increase in dividend!
More key figures here
Stay tuned for next years report where we will all learn more about the Worlds largest chocolate centre of competence planned for 2020 in Kilchberg.
Thank you to Lindt & Sprüngli for making the World a Sweeter place! A huge thank you to Ernst Tanner for the fabulous job as CEO the past 23 years and a big welcome to Dr Dieter Weisskopf the new CEO – we are waiting with baited breath to see what you have in store!
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all photo credits Lindt & Sprüngli with the exception of picture taken of the blue chocolate box10 Persons think this post is funky