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Haigh's announces development of AUD 130m manufacturing facility

Haigh’s Chocolates has released designs of its AUD 130 million (approx. $85.6 million) manufacturing facility in Salisbury South, Australia. The company reports that this development is the largest infrastructure investment in the history of the business, as it prepares for further expansion and growth. The state-of-the-art facility is intended to be fully operational in the second half of 2025, accommodating up to 400 employees throughout the growth phase including the creation of approximately 150 new jobs. Alister Haigh, Haigh’s Chocolates chief executive, said: “This project represents a significant milestone for Haigh’s, as it will see our current chocolate production capacity double, allowing us to meet increased demand and interstate growth opportunities, including entering new markets". Peter Millard, chief operating officer for Haigh’s Chocolates, said: “Not only will this project directly create new jobs and opportunities at this site, it will facilitate employment growth across our retail business Australia-wide creating up to 250 new jobs in the medium- and long-term." The new facility will encompass 17,000 square metres for new production facilities, warehousing and online fulfilment, with AUD 36 million (approx. $23.7 million) of the project investment going towards state-of-the-art European-made equipment. This includes specialised panning, enrobing and moulding lines as well as kitchen and packing equipment chosen to complement its chocolate-making capabilities. Haigh’s currently produces 1000 tonnes of chocolate across its two existing manufacturing sites in Mile End and Parkside, Adelaide which will remain home to its head office, artisan chocolate production and visitor centre.

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