Once the mystery and magic of chocolate gets into your blood, it’s hard to escape from it. Just ask Angela and David Emerson who run Amarah’s Chocolate Co., a candy/gift store at the Taft Corners Shopping Center in Williston, Vt.
Chocolaterie Guylian, makers of the famed Guylian Sea Shell chocolates, will invest €6.8 million ($7.6 million) this year to expand its production capabilities at its facility in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
The 2015 European Candy Kettle Club Award recipient, Jean-Luc Grisot of Valrhona, believes that intense and personal involvement on all fronts — be it in the fields, in the lab, in the plant or with the customer — results in better chocolate and a better company.
Inside the exhibition center, Jean-Luc Grisot, the managing director of Valrhona as well as key members of the company’s management team, enjoyed cocktails with the ECKC, their spouses and guests. And then, the band started playing.
For the European Candy Kettle Club (ECKC) members and guests, the bus ride from l'Hotel de France in Valence, France to the Palais du Congres Sud Rhone-Alpes proved rather short. Nonetheless, the memories from that evening will last long into that and future nights.