In this weekly series, we meet a Walpole member chief executive to discover what makes them tick, how they define success, and what keeps them awake at night. This week, to coincide with Chocolate Week, Chantal Coady OBE, Founder of Rococo Chocolates – a Brand of Tomorrow in 2010.
Art school graduate Chantal Coady founded the British brand Rococo Chocolates in 1983. Chantal has been pivotal in transforming the UK chocolate scene, weaning people away from sugary confectionery to single estate dark chocolates, and from cliché “chocolate box” to beautiful design.Rococo works with the Grenada Chocolate Company: the world’s first “Farm to Bar” craft chocolate maker. This radical business produces finished organic chocolate bars (rather than selling cocoa beans), keeping all the value in the local economy. The benefits to cocoa farmers and rural communities far exceed the Fair Trade model.