Chocolatiers and Chocolate Makers

Hotel Chocolat

WHAT PROSPECTS FOR HOTEL CHOCOLAT BUSINESS AFTER JAPAN JV LOAN WRITE-OFF?

Hotel Chocolat is a UK chocolate company known for its upmarket retail outlets. The pandemic forced the company to review its strategy, and it made a successful pivot to selling online. The company already had plans to expand into the US and Japan before COVID struck, but the move, which focused on being online, looked …

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Scharffen Berger

SCHARFFEN BERGE CHOCOLATE MAKER UNWRAPS NEW BRANDING TO FOCUS ON ‘FARM TO BAR’

Scharffen Berger is an established US chocolate maker with a focus on sustainability, and in particular, it seems their approach to sustainable farming. The company has gone through a rebranding exercise to focus on this aspect of its business, which underlines the value of sustainability as a competitive edge. As the company explains on their …

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CACAO & CHOCOLATE SUMMIT 2022: BUILDING RESILIENCE IN THE FINE CACAO AND CHOCOLATE MARKETPLACE

The fourth Cacao & Chocolate Summit was held virtually in May 2022. Participants had the opportunity to connect and hear from experts in the chocolate industry, producers, chocolate makers, pastry chefs, NGOs, and representatives of the government. The goal: Come together with the goal of creating a better future for everyone in the fine chocolate …

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Chocolate And Cocoa

CHOCOLATE DEFINITIONS POINT OF NEW FCIA CHOCOLATE GLOSSARY

These days in the world of fine chocolate, even Instagram hashtags can lead to sometimes heated debates of chocolate definitions,  terms like “bean to bar,” “single origin,” and “chocolate maker.” While the average consumer of chocolate may just want to eat and enjoy, those in the industry and aficionados are determined to speak with specificity …

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MONDELĒZ AND OLAM OUTSMARTING FARMERS. CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Part three …… To Mondelēz/Olam I am not writing this article to virtue signal. I may have done precisely if not more of what Mondelēz/Olam is doing. As a for-profit organisation with shareholders to please, with your staff demanding salary increments and the rise in risk posed by health-conscious eating to your business model and …

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Chocoa 2022

CHOCOA 2022. WRAPPING UP THE INDUSTRY’S FAVOURITE SHOW

Events do not just happen, they are created with a lot of work and stress. The organisers’ Jack Steijn and Philippe Kauffman, supported by a magical team including Caroline Lubbers, and Vera Geling and Cristina Castellanos Stephens from Into Choco, put it all together in record time. This year, for the first time, Chocoa was …

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Le Chocolatier Ivorien

FARMERS’ WIVES DRIVE IVORIAN CHOCOLATIER’S ‘COCOA REVOLUTION’

West African Cocoa farmers face ongoing struggles with poverty, some living below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day, despite producing approximately 70% of the global Cocoa output. A premium chocolate maker in Côte d’ivoire, Axel Emmanuel Gbaou, seeks to improve conditions for farmers by increasing their value offering, enabling them to earn more …

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MALAYSIA COCOA GRINDER GCB Q1 2022 PROFIT GROWTH

GUAN Chong Bhd (GCB) saw its net profit rise 57.2% to RM53.3m ($12.14m) in Q1 2022, from RM33.9m ($7.72m) in the previous corresponding quarter. However, this gain should be weighed against the 30.5% drop in net profit for YE 2021. The company had shown a strong financial performance until last year, with profitability gains every …

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WHAT SWISS CHOCOLATE BRANDS ARE WORTH BUYING?

With 9 kg of chocolate consumed per capita every year, Switzerland is the wonderland of sweet taste buds. The country is renowned worldwide for producing the finest chocolate a palate can desire. But before discovering the best Swiss chocolate you can buy, it’s important to answer a question: why did Switzerland even become famous for …

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13 Best Belgian Chocolate Brands

13 BEST BELGIAN CHOCOLATE BRANDS THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU

Luxurious ingredients, delicious fillings, refined textures and the guarantee that you are buying the best in the world. This is what comes to mind when we think of Belgian chocolate. What is Belgian chocolate? It might surprise you that Belgian chocolate doesn’t actually have specific quality requirements or manufacturing protocols that define it. Some food …

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Barry Callebaut

BARRY CALLEBAUT BIGGEST INVESTMENT YET IN CANADIAN FACTORY

Barry Callebaut, one of the global leaders in chocolate and cocoa production, has announced plans to expand its presence in North America with the unveiling of a new factory in Ontario, Canada. The project marks the largest ever capital investment by the Barry Callebaut Group in the Region – projected to cost USD $104 million …

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