Lindt USA Unveils New Lindor Advertising Featuring Roger Federer World-Renowned Swiss Chocolatier and Global Tennis Icon Premiere Ad and Launch Celebratory Sweepstakes for Chocolate Lovers

STRATHAM, N.H., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli USA announces the launch of new advertising starring Lindt Global Brand Ambassador and current world leader in tennis, Roger Federer.  Fresh off exciting tournaments in London, and ready to take on the Grand Slam tournament in New York, Federer is joining Lindt to unveil the commercial.  The Swiss pair is celebrating the launch and the long-standing partnership by giving chocolate lovers the chance to win an opportunity to attend the 2013 Sony Ericsson Open, through the "Perfect Match" sweepstakes on Facebook, and by creating an exclusive, limited edition LINDOR truffles product featuring Federer to be sold at Lindt Chocolate Shops in New York City.

In the new 30-second "Lost" commercial, the story picks up where the 2010 Lindt "Airport" spot featuring Federer left off, playing up just how irresistible LINDOR truffles are, with a humorous spin.  Starting today, "Lost" will be available in its entirety, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and an extended version of the spot on the Lindt YouTube page.  The new creative, developed by advertising agency of record, Gotham Inc., will have its national broadcast debut on September 3, 2012. 

"Growing up in Switzerland, I have always been a fan of Lindt, and it has been an honor to serve as the Lindt Global Brand Ambassador," said Federer.  "I had a great time taking a break from the tennis court to reprise my role in the new LINDOR commercial, and I am excited for fans to see the final product."

Lindt and Federer are celebrating their continued partnership and the launch of the commercial by hosting the "Perfect Match" sweepstakes at Facebook.com/LindtChocolate.  Now through September 9, fans can enter to win a grand prize trip to the Sony Ericsson Open in March 2013, as well as Federer autographed items, and a variety of LINDOR products.  Lindt has also created the limited edition Roger Federer LINDOR Tennis Tube.  The exclusive offering is filled with smooth melting milk chocolate LINDOR truffles and is available at the Lindt Chocolate Shops in New York City at the Rolex Building and the Peninsula Hotel, while supplies last (SRP $22).

"Our partnership with Roger, uniting the world leader in premium chocolate with the world leader in tennis, has been a recipe for Swiss perfection," said Thomas Linemayr, CEO & president of Lindt USA.  "After seeing how popular our first LINDOR commercial with Roger was, we were eager to pair up for a second installment."

To watch the new commercial, as well as an extended version and behind-the-scenes footage, visit the Lindt YouTube page.  Additionally, to enter the "Perfect Match" sweepstakes, "like" the company's Facebook page and visit the Lindt Lovers tab.  To purchase the Roger Federer LINDOR Tennis Tube at Lindt Chocolate Shop locations in New York, visit the Lindt store locator. Finally, to keep up with all Lindt news, follow Lindt on Twitter (@Lindt_Chocolate) or check out the Lindt Chocolate Unwrapped blog.

About Lindt & Sprungli
Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprungli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 125 countries.  Lindt & Sprungli operates eight production facilities in Europe and the United States and employs 7,400 worldwide.  Lindt USA operates more than 40 retail stores in the U.S., Lindt Chocolate R.S.V.P., the company's premium direct selling program, and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels.  For more information on Lindt, visit www.lindt.com.

SOURCE Lindt USA



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