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Askinosie Chocolate Opens Retail Store in Singapore

September 25, 2009
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Askinosie Chocolate's new boutique store in Singapore's Great World Shopping Center.

Thanks to an enthusiastic distributor, Springfield, Mo.-based Askinosie Chocolate’s products now will be available in Singapore. Trendspot, which has been distributing Askinoise Chocolate for more than a year, has opened an exclusive Askinosie Chocolate boutique in the city’s Great World City shopping center.

The boutique carries all the Askinosie Chocolate products and even displays some authentic items from the original Askinosie Chocolate store in Springfield. The boutique is not a franchise, but will be using the Askinosie Chocolate brand, and is the first Askinosie Chocolate store outside of the company’s retail storefront at the factory.

It was Benny Low, Trendspot’s owner, who approached Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, with the idea of opening an Askinosie Chocolate boutique. As Low explains, he was really excited about being able to share “real dark chocolate” with the people of Singapore:

“Opening the Askinosie Chocolate boutique was just an ‘I have to do it’ sort of thing,” he says. “In Singapore, we are pampered … very few people know the difference between traceable single-origin and cocoa mass; very few people know there are poor cocoa farmers out there who are being exploited. But this chocolate is different - it’s the way dark chocolate should be. This is what I hope to share with chocolate lovers here: something of value and something meaningful.”

Shawn Askinosie travels to regions of Mexico and Ecuador to work directly with farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. In addition, the company also shares a percentage of its profits with those farmers.

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robbie
April 8, 2014
I wish I could have easier access to their chocolate, they should open more shops around the country. You can find Kansas City commercial real estate with huntmidwest.com, so it wouldn't be a difficult task either, there are plenty of people out there who would be happy to have their shops closer to home!

iurjud dj
April 23, 2014
My sister lives in Singapore and i will tell her to go and buy me some stuff from that shop and send it to me. I heard that they have some amazing chocolate with Grenache blanc filling. I am dying to try it!

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