Austrian Maker of Mozartkugel Chocolates Files for Bankruptcy

By Kurt Stolz on 30 November 2021
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Mirabell Mozartkugeln from Salzburg Schokolade

Lovers of Mozartkugel, the marzipan-pistachio-chocolate confection, may have one fewer option after Salzburg Schokolade, which manufactures the sweet under the name Mirabell, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

The company employs over 140 and, according to the filing, has 614 creditors.  Its liabilities are listed at €27.29 million, while assets are shown as €23.35 million as of the time of the filing.

A possible restructuring will be examined in a separate proceeding.

A Mozartkugel is a small, ball-shaped confection named after the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.   “Kugel” is the word for “ball” in German.

The confection was originally known as a Mozart-Bonbon and was created by the Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890.  Fürst’s descendants still make Mozartkugel and they are not impacted by the filing.  Only his descendants are allowed to make “Original Salzburger Mozartkugeln” although other companies including Salzburg Schokolade and Reber, a Bavarian confectioner, can use the term “Mozartkugel.”

In an e-mail message to employees, the company’s managing director, Christian Schügerl, said that the massive decline in tourists visiting Salzburg and Vienna as well as a drop in special events and celebrations such as birthdays and weddings led to a decline in sales.  In addition, confectionery shops in those two cities were closed for weeks at a time during the pandemic-related lockdowns.

A separate subsidiary located in the Czech Republic that specializes in the packaging of confectionery items and foods is not affected by the bankruptcy filing.

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