Prime Minister Celebrates Expansion of The Iconic Darrell Lea Factory

Sydney, Wednesday 1 November, 2023: Today, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese celebrated Darrell Lea’s official factory reopening in Ingleburn, NSW.

The Prime Minister joined Darrell Lea’s CEO, James Ajaka in a ribbon cutting ceremony, unveiling amongst other technology 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.


Left to Right The Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong Beatriz Cullen Prime Minister George Bagala Dr Mike Freelander MP Left to Right Prime Minister James Ajaka George Bagala

The iconic Aussie confectionery company recently completed a AU$45m manufacturing expansion, with the addition of new machinery and expanded factory facilities to fuel its ongoing growth.

Among the guests in attendance were George Bagala and Beatriz Cullen, Darrell Lea’s long term employee of fifty years, celebrating the iconic milestone of the company.


PM speaking at Darrell Lea Factory

For over a decade, the Darrell Lea Ingleburn factory has been a staple in South West Sydney, home to Australia’s finest chocolates, freshest liquorice and delicious confectionery, including the iconic Life Savers.


Today, it is the biggest manufacturing site in the world for liquorice, Rocklea Road and Allsorts, producing more than 1 billion chocolate bullets every year.

PM eating red liquorice Left to right PM The Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong James Fulton PM with Darrell Lea staff

From a humble family business to a fabulous Aussie icon, for almost a century, Darrel Lea has been helping generations of Australians create memories and shareable experiences with loved ones. As the company gears up for its 100th birthday milestone in 2027, it will continue to bring together original and authentic craftsmanship to create confectionery better for Austrlians and across the world.


PM with Darrell Lea staff 2

Darrell Lea CEO, James 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.”

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