From the very first days Rieko Wada opened her Chocolatine’s shop in Schaumburg, Ill. in 2006, the chocolatier focused on mixing artistic expressions, her Japanese heritage, perfectionism and chocolate to create unique confections.
The Millano Group's decision to establish a North American subsidiary, which eventually launched Baron Chocolatier, has struck a chord with mainstream consumers looking for affordable premium chocolates.
Krzysztof Kotas is no stranger to hard work. Nor is he afraid to make a decision or to take a risk. And he certainly has a knack for timing. As a result, he’s created — virtually from wafer batter — the multimillion-dollar Millano Group, which now stands poised to change the chocolate landscape in the United States.
First, the company began offering wines from other producers as part of its collection. But it wasn’t long before Harry & David determined that they should introduce their own label, particularly since the terroir in Oregon was so ideal for winemaking.