Three years can be a very long time. Or, in some cases, a blink of an eye. But it was almost exactly three years ago, that Ulrich Zuenelli, chairman of A. Loacker AG/Spa, and I were enjoying a wonderful meal at Vögele restaurant in Bolzano, Italy. And it was then that he told me that the company’s board of management had approved construction of a third plant, one adjoining an existing facility, to be built in Heinfels, Austria.
So there I was, blinking my eyes, partly from a bit of jet lag, partly from the morning sun rising over the mountains, as I was being chauffeured to the grand opening of Loacker’s dazzling new plant, which was held several months ago on June 25. Built in the same architectural style as its sister facility — white facade, plenty of natural daylight, energy-saving enhancements, top-of-the-line processing and packaging equipment — the new structure proved to be…well…huge is a good word.