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“Goldkenn” Origin and History
Founded in 1980, on the shore of Lake Geneva (Switzerland), Goldkenn has been based in Le Locle (Switzerland) since 2011. Located in the heart of the legendary Watch Valley, Le Locle is a UNESCO world heritage city famous throughout the world for its watchmaking industry.
Goldkenn is a Swiss chocolate brand, omnipresent worldwide in the Duty Free market thanks to its famed Goldkenn® gold bullion bar, studded with pralines. Unique in the industry, Goldkenn's perfect replica of a 12.5 kg gold bullion bar was created to unite two of Switzerland's most powerful symbols: chocolate and banking. This bestseller has been sold all over the world in an impressive number of airport for over thirty years to date.
Always innovating whilst staying true to the traditions of Switzerland's master chocolatiers. Upholding the highest standards of Swiss quality, Goldkenn has reinvented itself by commercializing a wide range of products which are now known as the GOLD Collection.
Goldkenn has been prized numerous times for its incredible packaging, and has distinguished itself, by the care taken in choosing and selecting the ingredients used in the recipes for its chocolates.
Following its desire to innovate, Goldkenn has entered into partnerships with major spirits brands and distilleries, creating a new collection. The Swiss Chocolate Liqueur Collection mixes the finest Swiss chocolate and the finest liqueurs.
Proud of its roots, Goldkenn is one of the few Swiss chocolate brands to feature the Swiss Made label on its product. which attests to the Swiss origins and expertise boasted by all its creations.
TRADITIONAL SWISS CHOCOLATE WITH A DASH OF MODERNITY
Today Goldkenn works with major international spirit brands such as Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey, Rémy Martin®, Amarula®, Cointreau®, The Famous Grouse®, Captain Morgan® and Williamine® Morand. Every Goldkenn® product is created and manufactured in Switzerland.
To ensure the highest quality, Goldkenn only uses exceptional ingredients for its products, which have been carefully se-lected and rigorously checked. Chocolate lovers can explore the various ranges, discovering delicious recipes which will delight the most discerning sweet tooth. As its image and the quality of its products is of the greatest importance to Goldkenn, consumer feedback is encouraged so that the company can develop new products which fulfil their desires. Goldkenn's bold and innovative chocolate ideas differ from conventional chocolate, appealing to both children and adults and evolving in line with current trends.
“Choco Diffusion”, A Family, A Company, A Belief
Choco Diffusion is a Swiss Company, owned and founded by the Bihler family from Switzerland, and is now managed by Nicolas Bihler (son of the founder Jean-Willy Bihler). Nicolas followed in his father's footsteps, and perpetuates his family's devotion to quality, innovation and sustainable development. He has recently built a partnership in Ecuador to supply the very finest cocoa, to be enjoyed in some of their exclusive recipes.
Nicolas leads a team of true artisans of flavour, that combine diligence with a passion for their craft. On a constant quest for quality, their passion, and pursuit of excellence is tasteable in every one of their products.
Nicolas is delighted to say that they have as much passion for their profession today as when the company first started. The Bihler family believes that anything made with love will outlive us all.
The company was founded in 1981 by the chocolatier Jean-Willy Bihler. The company started out as a distributor of food products including chocolates, biscuits and caramels. The company was based in a former bakery in Le Locle (Switzerland). It rapidly outgrew these small premises.
In 1992, the chocolate brand "Douceurs des Cimes" is created. In 2011, "Douceurs des Cimes" is renamed SwissDream.
On 1st January 2000, Nicolas Bihler son of the founder, joins the company.
In 2006, Jean-Willy passed on his role as president and general manager to his son, Nicolas Bihler.
In 2010, the company finalises its acquisition of GOLDKENN SA, the creator of the famous gold bullion bar. The Swiss chocolatier is now the partner to premium brands such as Rémy Martin and Jack Daniel’s.
On 12th May 2015, the Bihler family signed a deal to buy out the prestigious coffee roaster Cafés La Semeuse, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. With this acquisition, the Neuchâtel-based, family-run company hopes to continue the success of this coffee company whose history dates back over 115 years, thereby reinforcing its position on the market.
The group now employs more than 85 permanent staff members. Choco Diffusion regroups the finest Swiss chocolate brands. Producing the best chocolate bar, praline chocolate, chocolate truffles, liquor filled chocolates, and liqueur truffles, in the chocolate world. The alcohol filled chocolate collection of the GOLDKENN brand merges premium quality dark chocolate / black chocolate and premium liquors. From Jack Daniels, Famous Grouse to Rémy Martin only the best for the most passionate chocoholic.