Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, more commonly known simply as Lindt, is a Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company founded in 1845 and known for its chocolate truffles and chocolate bars, among other sweets. This rich history served as inspiration for the Lindt Maître Chocolatier who conceived the idea for Excellence. Guided by his love of world travel and cuisine, this Maître experimented and pushed boundaries, creating different blends of cocoa beans—sourced from places like Ecuador, Madagascar, Ghana and the Caribbean islands—playing with cacao percentages, and testing various ingredient combinations. The result of his research was the 70% Cacao tablet of exquisite dark chocolate. Its flavour, aroma and texture were so extraordinary, they named it Excellence. Since then, Excellence has grown to include a diverse offering of flavours and a range of cacao counts. More than 300 billion bars are enjoyed worldwide annually.