DreiMeister chocolate spills onto street after delivery tank defect

By Jenny Eagle

- Last updated on GMT

DreiMeister produces chocolate boxes for Christmas. Photo: DreiMeister.
DreiMeister produces chocolate boxes for Christmas. Photo: DreiMeister.

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DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westoennen, Germany, called firefighters after a ‘technical defect’ in one of its delivery tanks led to chocolate spilling out onto the streets.

According to German newspaper, Soester Anzeiger, a tonne of chocolate flowed out of the factory and solidified on the pavement outside.

About 25 firefighters attended the scene of the incident around 8pm on Monday (December 10) to pick the chocolate off with shovels. They also used hot water and torches to remove the rest from drains.

Markus Luckey, CEO, DreiMeister, said the factory would return to normal operations today and said had the incident happened closer to Christmas, ‘it would have been a catastrophe’.

Luckey praised the efforts of firefighters and Dreimeister employees who pulled together to help with the clean up process.

Since taking over the company three years ago, Luckey has expanded production capabilities buying more machinery and expanded DreiMeister’s portfolio with plans for further investment.

The company has 130 permanent employees, plus 50 to 80 seasonal workers.

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