Haigh’s Chocolate has released designs of the company’s $130 million Salisbury South manufacturing facility.
Works are set to begin in late December, 2023 on the project, which marks the largest infrastructure investment in the history of the family-owned business.
Haigh’s Chocolates chief executive officer Alison Haigh said the project also represented a significant milestone for Haigh’s, as it will allow the company’s chocolate production capacity double.
“…allowing us to meet increased demand and interstate growth opportunities, including entering new markets,” she said.
“We plan for the state-of-the-art facility to be fully operational in the second half of 2025, accommodating up to 400 employees over the course of the growth phase – including the creation of approximately 150 new jobs.
“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,” Haigh’s Chocolates chief operating officer Peter Millard added.
Encompassing 9000sq m to house the new production facilities and 6000 sq m for warehousing and online fulfilment, $36 million of the project investment will go towards state-of-the-art European-made equipment, including specialised panning, enrobing and moulding lines as well as kitchen and packing equipment chosen to complement its artisan chocolate-making capabilities.
CIP Constructions have been appointed to oversee the development on the 36,000m2 site, and will engage over 200 people to support the construction of the building which has been designed by BELL Architects.
“This commemorates the start of construction on what will surely become one of Adelaide’s premium industrial facilities. Early works set to get underway include bulk earthworks and inground services before standing steel in early 2024,” CIP Constructions chief executive officer Mark Hendry said.
More than 1000 tonnes of chocolate are produced across two existing manufacturing sites in Mile End and Parkside.
These will remain home to the Haigh’s Chocolates head office, artisan chocolate production and visitor centre.