The sale of Russell Stover Candies Inc. brought in $1.5 billion for the company’s former owners, the Ward family of Kansas City. That information came courtesy of the annual report published this week by Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli, which announced its purchase of Russell Stover in July 2014.
The purchase price was about three times the $500 million in annual sales revenue that Russell Stover generates.
The company has more than 2,500 employees in Kansas City and has been in business since 1923.
Lindt & Sprüngli has seen a 17.4 percent sales boost since buying Russell Stover. The purchase also makes the Swiss company the third-largest chocolate producer in the U.S.