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Wednesday, October 10 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Latests Trends and Innovations in the Craft Chocolate Industry LIMITED

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First, it was coffee. Then, micro brewers and their small batch beers. Now is the time for craft chocolate. Is this space within a titanic industry ready to go mainstream? How are the incorporating innovation in their companies? How are they managing pricing to be able to compete with cheap candy confections? How does uniformity affect their outcomes? What challenges are makers facing and how are they managing growth?

The fascinating story of craft chocolate has gone through many elements: makers changing careers entirely to devote themselves to chocolate crafting, adventurous travels to remote areas in the tropics
to find the best beans to make their chocolate, establishing relationship with farmers and embracing advocacy to support them, working with repurposed machinery and fashioning new systems to craft
more efficiently, coming up with compelling packaging, and finding ways to retail products that, for many, are completely new to their palates, even though chocolate has been a staple for years. However, there's an unparallel opportunity for innovation and growth, and our expert and esteemed panelists will share their experiences within the industry and talk about the opportunities they see are most exciting right now.

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Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →

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Lauren Adler

Owner, Chocolopolis
Popping a square of Bonnat Madagascar chocolate into her mouth, Chocolopolis founder Lauren Adler was surprised to find bursts of fruit taking over her senses. Lauren had never tasted chocolate quite like this. It was incredibly fruity and wonderful, not bitter as she had expected... Read More →
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Erin Andrews

Owner, Indi Chocolate
Erin Andrews, founder of indi chocolate, has been making chocolate for more nearly a decade. It all started when her daughters asked her where chocolate came from.  After traveling to Belize to show them that cacao grows on trees, she fell in love with the world of chocolate.  She... Read More →
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Kim Wilson

Owner, Good King®
Kim has been a chocolate LOVER her whole life. So, in 2009, when she began hearing about the extensive bonded labor, child trafficking and unfair wages taking place in the chocolate industry, she wanted to be part of the solution. In 2013, at the mid-point of her career, she finally... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Indi Chocolate 1901 Western Ave D, Seattle, WA 98101