The end of more than a century of era. Lentils will be discontinued in the Czech Republic

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Nestlé will move the production of Lentilek confectionery from the Czech Republic to Germany. They have been produced in Holešov in the Kroměříž region since 1907, but from the spring of next year they are to be produced in Hamburg. The information published by Czech Radio – Radiožurnál (ČRo) was confirmed on Monday by Nestlé Česko spokesman Robert Kičina. According to the company, the reason for the move is to align the recipe for Czech Lentils with the Smarties brand, under which the lentils are manufactured and sold abroad, as well as to reduce production costs.

Lentilky is now manufactured by the Sphinx factory in Holešov. “From April 2021, the Lentilek plant will be taken over by a factory in Hamburg. The operators who are now involved in the production of Lentilek will be moved to other production lines and workshops in the Sfinx plant, “said Kičina.

According to him, there were two reasons for moving the company to Germany. “The first is the harmonization of the recipe with our Smarties brand, which we decided on based on the results of preferential tests among consumers. In the test, when we gave people to taste both variants of the composition, the original and the new, we found that they both taste good and are equally acceptable to them, “said a Nestlé spokesman. According to him, the product will contain less sugar and more milk and chocolate. The use of certified cocoa is also planned.

According to Nestlé Česko, another reason for moving is the reduction of costs for the maintenance of production technologies and better utilization of capacities at the factory in Hamburg, which is sufficient for the production and distribution of the product to all countries of the European Union. “In addition, the plant has the technology of packaging Lentilek in paper packaging and will contribute to the fulfillment of Nestlé’s commitments regarding the reduction of plastic waste without major investments,” said Kičina.

At the same time, Lentils are still packed in paper packaging. However, according to Kičina, some have plastic parts. As an example, he gave a package of Lentilek weighing 140 grams in a tube. “In our Czech plant, unlike the German plant, we do not have the technology that would allow us to replace them with paper ones,” said Kičina. According to him, the packaging of the best-selling 28-gram Lentilek format in paper will remain in the Sphinx.

Brothers Philipp and Rudolf Kneisl began making lentils in Holešov in 1907. The name chocolate candies comes from the Latin word for lentils. The product was patented by the brothers. Thanks to them, the Sfinx factory was established in the town, which still produces Lentils.

At the end of last year, about 400 people worked in the Holešov plant. More than half of its production consists of jelly products, which are sold on the domestic market mainly under the Jojo brand. The company also produces hard candies Bon Pari or Hašlerky, as well as dragees, which include Lentilky and Smarties. Chocolate Wednesdays for smarties are imported from Nestlé’s second confectionery plant in the Czech Republic, Olomouc’s Zory. About 1.6 million Lentils are produced in the Sphinx in one shift. Sphinx also produces marshmallows and semi-finished products for caramels.

The history of confectionery production in Holešov dates back to 1863. It then moved to the current factory on Palackého Street in 1910. Sphinx is therefore one of the oldest confectionery factories in the Czech Republic. Sfinx has been a part of Nestlé since 1992. The year before, it produced almost 15,900 tons of confectionery.

The profit of the Czech branch of the world’s leading confectionery manufacturer Nestlé in 2018 rose by 1.6 percent year on year to 578 million crowns. Revenues fell by 200 million crowns to 10.5 billion. The company has not yet published its financial results for last year.

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