Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined James Ajaka, CEO of Darrell Lea, to celebrate the official reopening of the company’s factory in Ingleburn, NSW.
The factory recently completed a $45 million manufacturing expansion, with the addition of new machinery and expanded factory facilities to fuel its ongoing growth as the biggest manufacturing site in the world for liquorice, Rocklea Road, and Allsorts, producing over one billion chocolate bullets every year.
Ajaka said it is an absolute honour and privilege to be a part of Darrell Lea, a business that has remained deeply intertwined with the essence of Australian culture.
“Over the past three years, we’ve experienced tremendous growth, and I cannot be more thankful for the 1,000 employees who are the heart and soul of our company, contributing their best work across all parts of the business day in day out, to driving Darrell Lea forward both locally and globally.”
Amongst the upgrades is a new gifting production line that offers best-in-class manufacturing capability, with the capacity to produce 42,000 gift boxes per day, including the new Darrell Lea Mixed Raspberry Bullets Gift Box.
Other guests in attendance at the Ingleburn factory were George Bagala and Beatriz Cullen, who has worked for Darrell Lea for fifty years, celebrating the iconic milestone of the company.