FORT WORTH, Texas (December 7, 2022) – Läderach Chocolatier Suisse a family-owned premium Swiss chocolate company with North American headquarters in New York City, will occupy a 42,282-square-foot distribution center at AllianceTexas. The warehouse will distribute Läderach’s high-quality fresh chocolate to all retail stores in the United States.
In late 2019, Läderach expanded into North America to meet the growing demand for premium fresh chocolate. Today, amid the pandemic, Läderach has 350 employees with a footprint of 40 stores from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada, along with e-commerce. In Texas, Läderach has three stores — in the Dallas metro area (Stonebriar Center) and Houston (The Galleria and Premium Outlets). To ensure the freshness and high quality of its chocolates, Läderach has complete control of the value chain — from directly sourcing the cacao to making the chocolate in-house in Switzerland and delivering it directly to its stores and customers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Läderach, one of the world’s best chocolatiers, to AllianceTexas and support their U.S. expansion with this new national distribution center,” said Samuel Rhea, director of industrial leasing at Hillwood. “Premium products like chocolate have some of the highest speed-to-market demands in the food and beverage industry, and with the amenities of AllianceTexas’ unique multi-modal logistics platform, we continue to see rapid growth in an industry segment that has a long history within AllianceTexas.”
Läderach will occupy Alliance Northport 5, AllianceTexas’ emerging industrial sector located in Northlake, adjacent to Texas Motor Speedway. Northlake has become a sought-after destination for industrial end users, such as Walgreens, Crown Equipment, Smart Warehousing and Mainfreight. This sector has some of the lowest combined tax rates in Dallas-Fort Worth with direct access to Interstate 35W and State Highway 114.
“We are committed to meeting the growing demand for premium fresh chocolate in the U.S., and this state-of-the-art distribution center at AllianceTexas provides us with more speed and efficiency to continue to expand our 60-year-old family business in the U.S. and meet this ambition,” said Nathanael Hausmann, president, Läderach North America. “Chocolate is best experienced when it’s extremely fresh and can awaken the five senses — an experience we aim to create daily at Läderach.”
JLL’s Jeff Feste, Fred Ragsdale, Blake Rogers and JM Priddy represented Läderach. Reid Goetz and Samuel Rhea with Hillwood oversaw the lease negotiations in the transaction.
About Läderach Chocolatier Suisse
Operating since 1962, Läderach Chocolatier Suisse is a family-owned, premium Swiss chocolate company dedicated to creating sweet moments of joy in everyday life. As the largest chocolate retailer in Switzerland with approximately 1,500+ employees representing more than 50 nationalities and over 100 retail stores worldwide, Läderach has rapidly grown to 40 stores across North America in 2.5 years. Swiss quality is reflected in Läderach’s control of the entire value chain from bean-to-bar-to-shop. Läderach uses only the best ingredients through strong relationships with the finest suppliers. Läderach produces over 100 varieties of chocolates, including over 20 varieties of FrischSchoggi™ (large slabs of fresh chocolate bark), more than 50 different pralines and truffles, dozens of confectionery specialties, vegan varieties, and a large selection of seasonal creations. To learn more about its stores, chocolate and careers, visit www.laderach.com.
AllianceTexas is an unparalleled regional success story that has transformed the North Texas economy and connected the area to global industry. Consisting of 27,000 acres, the Hillwood development is anchored by the world’s first dedicated industrial airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and hosts one of the nation’s premier intermodal hubs. Today, AllianceTexas is home to 559 companies that have created more than 63,000 direct jobs and has approximately 53 million square feet of developed commercial real estate assets. The development’s cumulative impact since 1989 is an estimated $100.6 billion for the North Texas region. AllianceTexas boasts corporate headquarters, healthcare providers, higher education centers, shopping and entertainment destinations, and vibrant residential communities. From the newest homeowner to the most well-known of Fortune 500 companies, opportunity thrives at AllianceTexas. For additional information, please visit www.alliancetexas.com.