Läderach History

Läderach History

From the very beginning, our chocolate journey has been defined by delightful discovery and innovation. In 1970, Rudolf Läderach Jr. invented a new manufacturing procedure for the chocolate truffle, improving the taste and texture. Since then we have composed countless recipes that blend classic notes with modern aspirations. 


1962. Founding

Chocolatier Rudolf Läderach Jr. founds his company in Glarus, at this time a small village in Switzerland, with the idea of creating a “Confectionary of Sweet Gifts”.


1970. Truffle Patent

Rudolf Läderach Jr. invents and patents the revolutionary process to manufacture thin-walled hollow balls for truffles, which makes the professional manufacture of truffles significantly easier and improves their quality.


1994. Generational Change

Rudolf Läderach Jr. hands over the company to his son, Jürg Läderach. Jürg is a visionary entrepreneur whose main focus is to create exceptional chocolate for the people.


2004. Acquisition of Merkur

Purchase of Merkur Confiserien AG in Switzerland with more than 40 branches to reach the private consumers. At this time the idea of FrischSchoggi is born, where every chocolate lover receives the piece in its desired size, broken off from the large, unique fresh-chocolate platter fresh from the bar.


2008. New Brand Image

New brand launch “Läderach – chocolatier suisse” and opening of the show confectioneries in our boutiques on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich and Spitalgasse in Bern.


2010. Best Swiss Chocolate to the world

The expansion abroad starts: Opening of chocolate boutiques in Freiburg, Constance and Munich as well as a second Läderach chocolatier swiss shop in South Korea.


2012. Preparing the future

In May 2011, the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of our own chocolate factory in Bilten takes place. We open our own chocolate factory in Bilten in September 2012.


2018. Hand-over to the next generation

In 2018 Jürg Läderach hands over the operational responsibility of Läderach to the 3rd generation. The oldest son, Johannes is appointed as CEO of the Läderach Group. Elias takes over the responsibility as Head of Production & Innovation and further joins the Group Management Board. As well on board is the youngest son,  David, who tackles the digital transformation of Läderach.


2018. World Champion of Chocolate

The world’s best chocolatier is from Switzerland. With his exceptional chocolate creations, Elias Läderach is able to beat 19 international competitors at the World Chocolate Masters 2018 in Paris. Two of his ideas that particularly impressed the jury are now available for everyone to enjoy: the Masters Tablet Caramel and the Masters Bonbon Mandarine.


2019. International Expansion

Läderach starts to open own shops in various countries across the globe, starting with USA, Canada & UK. All Läderach chocolates are handcrafted masterpieces and we will continue with this value for the quality of our products irrespective of expansion.

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Madagascar 64%

A real explosion of flavour, with citrus notes, red berries, honey and typical Madagascan cocoa.


The pure taste in detail

This Grand Cru chocolate tablet made exclusively with cocoa from Madagascar and has a cocoa content of 64%. It has a deep brown colour and a silky sheen. Its fruity aroma of fresh limes and light, savory sweetness with a bright, pleasant bitterness lend this chocolate an alluring character. On the tongue, the chocolate releases a bouquet of flavours including citrus fruits, red berries, honey, and delicately roasted island cocoa. Rounded out by its extremely fine texture, the Grand Cru Madagascar 64% chocolate tablet is truly a delight.

Pure Milk Chocolate

Tablet Milk

A strong cocoa flavour with the taste of fresh Swiss milk, light caramel and a hint of vanilla.


The pure taste in detail

A warm, reddish-brown colour, this milk chocolate’s rich scent, fine texture and lasting finish makes it truly a delight. The prominent flavour of selected, lightly roasted cocoa beans is supported by a harmonious composition of fresh Swiss milk, delicate caramel, and a subtle note of vanilla. The combination of these high-quality ingredients is the secret behind our creamy, classic Läderach milk chocolate.

Pure White Chocolate

Tablet White

A combination of fresh Swiss milk and cream with delicious vanilla and a touch of caramel.


The pure taste in detail

This creamy white chocolate is characterised by its ivory colour and delicate aromas of milk, cream, and vanilla. The high proportion of top-quality Swiss milk and creamy cocoa butter harmonise together to create a subtle sweetness. It has a soft, velvety mouthfeel, a well-rounded note of vanilla, and a hint of caramel in the finish.

Pure Blond Chocolate

Tablet Blond Caramel

A rich and nutty caramel aroma and flavour.


The pure taste in detail

The tablet Blond Caramel has a unique golden colour and a glossy sheen that make it stand out. The chocolate features rich, nutty aromas of caramel and toffee, making it popular with chocolate lovers of all ages. It is characterized by its smooth, glossy surface, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and lingering toasted sugar finish.

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Ecuador 70%

A bouquet of cocoa, black tea, hibiscus and rose – a truly unique experience.


The pure taste in detail

This Grand Cru Ecuador chocolate bar is made exclusively with cocoa from northern Ecuador and contains 70% cocoa. With a rich, dark brown colour and a glossy sheen, the chocolate is characterised by a luscious, floral bouquet paired with a mild sweetness, toasty notes, and the unmistakable flavour of natural vanilla. The nuances of earthy cocoa, black tea, hibiscus, and rose are sure to delight your taste-buds. The chocolate initially has a smooth, velvety mouthfeel, coupled with a lasting chocolatey finish that lingers deliciously on the palate.

Pure Grand Cru Chocolate

Tablet Grand Cru Trinidad 80%

A truly tantalising and balanced blend of tobacco notes, red berries and flowery flavours.


The pure taste in detail

The cocoa used in this Grand Cru chocolate tablet comes exclusively from Trinidad. With 80% cocoa, it has the highest proportion of cocoa and is the darkest chocolate in our line of chocolate tablets. It has a full-bodied, deeply-roasted cocoa flavour and a dark brown colour. This “tropical” variety features rich roasted aromas and notes of tobacco that are balanced out by a hint of red berries and complex fruity and floral nuances. The chocolate tablet is rounded out by a pleasant, drier finish.