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Lily OBriens Chocolates

Lily O'Brien's is one of Ireland's leading chocolate manufacturers. Founded in 1992 in the Kildare kitchen of Mary Ann O'Brien, the company was named after Mary Ann's eldest daughter, Lily. Lily O'Brien's exports to nine markets worldwide and these exports account for approximately 75 per cent of the company's annual turnover. Export markets include the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal. Primarily focused on the retail channel, the company also boasts a strong foodservice presence with longstanding relationships with top international airlines, railways and hotels. In 2014 the company was acquired by private equity fund Carlyle Cardinal Ireland.

Financial Data

  • 31st Dec 20 Source: CRO
    • €22.6 million turnover
    • €0.1 million profit
    • 184 employees
  • 31st Dec 19 Source: CRO
    • €30 million turnover
    • €1.2 million profit
    • 129 employees


By Turnover

(€22.6 million)

By Employees

862nd in Top Companies By Turnover
  • 184
  • €22.6 million


  • Michelle Vance CEO/Managing Director

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