Ritter Sport USA appoints Ralf Hilpuesch as CEO

By Anthony Myers

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Ralf Hilpuesch. Pic: Ritter Sport
Ralf Hilpuesch. Pic: Ritter Sport

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Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, owner of the popular chocolate brand Ritter Sport, is to establish a United States subsidiary headed by confectionery industry veteran Ralf Hilpuesch.

As CEO of Ritter Sport USA, Hilpuesch will lead the company's new Chicago-based operations, reflecting Ritter Sport’s commitment to expanding its business in the world’s largest confectionery market.

The family-owned company appointed industry veteran Hilpuesch because of his reputation as a well-respected industry leader with 30 years of confectionery experience.

He previously served 13 years as president and CEO of Storck North America. During that time, Storck became one of the most successful and reputable candy companies in the US and Canada. Werther’s Original became an iconic brand and leader in caramel.

“We are pleased to welcome an executive as well regarded as Ralf Hilpuesch to lead our growing presence in the US market,” said Malte Dammann, Ritter’s global chief demand officer.

“In his remarkable career to date, Ralf has demonstrated his profound knowledge of the market, ability to build exceptional teams, and talent for successfully establishing brands.”

In his CEO role at Ritter Sport USA, Hilpuesch will lead the company's growth initiatives and bring his strategic vision further to enhance the company's presence throughout the US.

“I am extremely proud to be part of the Ritter Sport family, a brand I’ve loved since I was a child in Germany,” he said.

“I have a deep respect for this historic family business, which has continually lived up to its purpose of growing strategically and sustainably. Ritter Sport is truly a beloved chocolate brand enjoyed by countless fans in Europe and more than 100 countries worldwide.

 I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to make it a favourite chocolate brand in the US, as well.”

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