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  • May 08, 2018 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guittard Chocolate Company Marks 150 Years

    with Expanded Production in Fairfield

    Tradition Combines with Foresight and Innovation at Pioneering 

    Bay Area Chocolate-Making Family Company

     

    Burlingame, CA (May 1, 2018) – Guittard Chocolate Company will expand chocolate production on May 15th at its second facility in Fairfield, announced President and CEO Gary Guittard. The strategic decision to add a second facility with chocolate production capabilities results from the long-range thinking integral to 20 years of planning for growth and innovation. Guittard recognized years ago that the Bay Area’s ever-increasing technology and biotechnology sectors would challenge his company’s ability to grow near its headquarters in Burlingame. He located the Fairfield site 20 years ago and built the 300,000 square-foot facility in 2001, which is used for warehousing and high-speed packaging. The addition of new, custom-designed proprietary chocolate production equipment allows Guittard to meet the growing domestic and international demand for its unique premium chocolate products from its three customer categories: wholesale/manufacturing, professional/foodservice, and consumer/retail. 

     

    The Bay Area’s See’s Candies, with which Guittard has a 60-year history, is among the makers of quality chocolate products that the Fairfield facility will further support. The company headquarters will remain at the Burlingame site, where proprietary processes and vintage equipment for producing specialty and limited-edition products as well as some of the traditional products, will continue.

     

    Planning for future generations has been a hallmark of Guittard throughout its 150 years in the Bay Area. “Foresight and thoughtful planning is how the company has managed to thrive and continue creating jobs here in Northern California in 2018,” says Gary Guittard, a member of the fourth generation to own and manage the firm. “That the long-anticipated launch of chocolate production in Fairfield also coincides with our 150th anniversary is sweet serendipity.”

    Guittard Chocolate Company’s 150 year-progression from manufacturer and merchant during the Gold Rush in San Francisco to its position today as a chocolate industry leader and innovator serves as a snapshot of California food and commerce history. As the oldest continuously family-owned and operated chocolate company in the United States, Guittard, now under the fourth and fifth generation of family management, continues to grow with the same innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability and quality that has made it one of the world’s most respected makers of premium chocolate.

  • May 07, 2018 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Chocolopolis has put together The Calibrator bundle of nine chocolate bars as a way to calibrate your palate. It offers chocolates from established chocolate companies that make chocolate with fine flavor cacao, as well as smaller craft chocolate companies that set a high bar for making chocolate from the bean. These bars are some of the best in the world, and they make a great baseline for tasting other chocolates. The exact bars and chocolate makers may change from time to time. These are some that are worthy of note right now. Read more here.....

    To purchase, visit the Chocolopolis store and apply the FCIA member discount code FCIA15.

  • April 13, 2018 6:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cropster has integrated roasting and quality control features to their Cocoa Lab software designed specifically for cocoa businesses. Check out their latest blog for details.


  • February 14, 2018 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Several FCIA members are featured in the USA Today article "50 States: 50 Craft Chocolate Makers." Read the article here.


  • December 11, 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested in building closer relationships with sustainable suppliers in Latin America?  Then check out this direct trade travel grant program from Canopy Bridge. These travel grants up to $2,000 provide matching financial support for businesses to meet their suppliers face to face, in order to help build trust and facilitate trade relationships. To learn more about the grants and apply, visit:   http://canopybridge.com/direct-trade-travel-grants-for-businesses-that-benefit-tropical-forests-and-communities-in-latin-america/.  Deadline is February 15, 2018.


  • December 07, 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Megan Giller’s new book, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution, features a colorful world map that highlights the dominant flavors of each country’s cocoa beans. She calls it a cheat sheet to help explain the concept of terroir. Megan’s publisher has generously offered to send a hard copy of the map and/or a PDF of it to anyone in the industry for professional use, FOR FREE. (Note: International chocolate folks will receive a PDF copy.) Please email her at megan@chocolatenoise.com BY DECEMBER 22.


    Bean2Bar-Map-Poster-VF.pdf


  • December 07, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rev. Dr. R.M. Peluso recently released her new book "Deep Tasting Chocolate & Whiskey." It is available on Amazon at this link. 


  • November 10, 2017 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Winners of the 2018 Good Food Awards will be announced Friday, January 19, 2018 at a gala event in San Francisco. For more information and to read a complete list of the finalists, click here.


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