Darrell Lea to produce Lifesavers lollies in Ingleburn from early 2019

SWEET DEAL: Rhianna and Sharon Heaslip are happy that Lifesaver lollies will be produced at the Darrell Lea factory in Ingleburn from early 2019. Picture: Simon Bennett
SWEET DEAL: Rhianna and Sharon Heaslip are happy that Lifesaver lollies will be produced at the Darrell Lea factory in Ingleburn from early 2019. Picture: Simon Bennett

History is set to be made at Ingleburn’s Darrell Lea factory.

Darrell Lea will move into a new era with the company taking over production of the iconic Life Savers lollies.

All Life Savers lollies will be produced at the Ingleburn factory from January 2019.

Darrell Lea marketing manager James Byrne said he was very pleased about the announcement.

He said more than 20 million packets of Life Savers would be solely produced at the Ingleburn factory each year.

“Ingleburn is truly the home of Darrell Lea,” Mr Byrne said.

“[Darrell Lea] production was moved here to Ingleburn in 2014 and the business has continued to grow.

“The factory has brought in a lot of jobs and has really put Ingleburn on the map.”

Life Savers have been on the market for more than 100 years after being launched in the US in 1912.

Nestle purchased the brand during the 1980s and production moved to New Zealand during the early 2000s.

Darrell Lea has now taken over rights of the iconic Lifesavers sweets.

Ingleburn is truly the home of Darrell Lea.

Darrell Lea marketing manager James Byrne

The move will complement Darrell Lea’s production of nougat eggs, twisted liquorice and other sweets.

Mr Byrne said space had already been allocated for Life Savers production at the Ingleburn factory.

“We will purchase some equipment from Nestle in New Zealand, as well as purchasing our own new machinery,” he said.

“The move will open up 20 new jobs at the factory.

About 20 million packs of Life Savers are produced every year. Picture: Eddi Jim

About 20 million packs of Life Savers are produced every year. Picture: Eddi Jim

“It’s a good brand coming back to Australia, and it’s opening up new jobs in Australia.”

2018 has already been a big year for Darrell Lea.

The company was bought by Quadrant Private Equity for $200 million in January.

Darrell Lea CEO Tim York said his company had a bright future in Australia.

He said the Life Savers lollies had “significant growth potential” on the market.

“We are in the market for great confectionery brands and Life Savers is certainly that,” Mr York said.

Macarthur residents can purchase Life Savers from the Darrell Lea shop in Ingleburn from October.

The factory is located on Brooks Road, Ingleburn.

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