Williston, VT — Lake Champlain Chocolates Co. (LCC) has tripled capacity to produce its premium chocolates at its SQF Level 2 certified facility, which is dedicated to organic manufacturing, according to the company.
The project has been two years in the works and includes the addition of a new line that will support company growth as it moves into new channels such as club as well as additional national retailers, LCC reports. The new facility, which is 15,000 square feet, leverages underutilized warehousing along with newly acquired space in the building.
Eric Lampman, president of LCC, says: “Our manufacturing facility was crowded and operating at maximum capacity. By focusing on operational value streams, we now have reduced handling in a new facility.”
He notes the updated plant features energy efficient tempering equipment, which produces better quality tempered chocolate while using 50 percent of the energy compared with traditional tempering machines. Additionally, the facility now has boilers that are 96 percent efficient for in-line process piping and domestic hot water, function controlled temperature zones, a custom moulding line plus wrapper system and LED lighting throughout.
In business for the past 35 years, LCC produces one million pounds of chocolate annually, with distribution at more than 2,000 retail stores nationwide.
“I am very proud of what our team has accomplished working with local contractors and global equipment vendors under an aggressive timetable in order to meet holiday demands, during which time we will ship more than 15,000 packages across the country,” Lampman adds.