“The packaging should exude luxury”
Packaging company Model AG’s clientele includes Läderach, a Swiss family-owned company that produces luxury chocolate of the highest quality. The company’s exclusive, fragile luxury chocolates place particularly high demands on the packaging. “If you’re selling a luxury product, customers also want to feel that quality in the packaging,” says Martin Sutnar, senior product manager at Läderach AG.
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Switzerland is renowned not only for luxury products like exclusive watches and high-quality cheeses, but also for its first-rate chocolate. The first Swiss chocolate factory was established in 1819, and it was here that the milk chocolate bar was first developed. But when it comes to real class, only one thing counts: luxury chocolates.
The Swiss family of chocolatiers behind Läderach ag has been producing handmade Swiss chocolate and confectionery specialities of the highest quality for more than 50 years. FrischSchoggi, which is available in more than 20 flavours, is famous among chocolate lovers around the world.
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The Swiss consume the most cacao in the world – over 5.9 kilograms of cacao per person. Of the chocolate sold, 20 percent is dark chocolate, 75 percent is milk chocolate and 5 percent is white chocolate.
Besides the company’s 50 boutiques of its own, the chocolate is also sold through distributors in the Middle East and Asia, and through selected retailers in Europe. For the past five years it has also been possible to buy Läderach’s chocolate via the online shop.
However, selling products online places extra high demands on the packaging. For this reason, the chocolates available online are limited to a specially selected range that can cope with the temperature variations that can arise during the delivery process.
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This is particularly important because Läderach’s chocolate is renowned in particular for its freshness. Since the company makes the chocolate itself, it has full control over the entire value chain, from cacao bean to sales counter. This sets Läderach apart from its competitors and enables it to guarantee top-quality sustainable products. But a high-class chocolate needs the right packaging: the packaging is crucial to retaining the product’s flavour, aroma and consistency.'
The Company was founded by Louis Model in 1882. Today the company has 15 subsidiaries in nine countries and has more than 3,100 employees in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Croatia. Its headquarters is in Weinfelden, in north-eastern Switzerland. Model’s largest customers are in the food, cosmetics and luxury goods industries.
When packaging fragile luxury goods like chocolates, it is important to use tried-and-tested packaging components that provide the best possible protection. But the packaging material must not migrate into the product.
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The packaging must also exude luxury and live up to the brand, and of course it must be organic and environmentally sound.“The packaging is an integral part of the quality of the chocolate and should form a well-balanced whole with the contents,” says Martin Sutnar, senior product manager.
This is why Läderach is working closely with Model ag to produce packaging that reflects the quality of the exclusive contents. Besides the visual aspects such as colours, surface treatments and tactile effects, the choice of material plays an important role.
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“Needless to say, special safe inks are used that are approved for use in food packaging,” says Miroslav Gligoric, sales manager at Model ag. “Food safety is our number one priority.” Gligoric likes chocolate himself. “Chocolate is a joy to eat, and well-designed packaging should inspire an emotional purchase decision among consumers,” he says.
“The packaging we’ve developed for Läderach is very appealing. It bears testimony to our innovative creativity, while it also meets high quality requirements and represents suitable brand positioning for Läderach.”
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