Globetrotter: Chantal Coady of Rococo Chocolate – Leadership, business and management news

How many business miles have you clocked up this year?

About 30,000 so far. That’s mainly from flying to Grenada, where we have a cocoa farm, and Dubai, visiting a customer. I’ve also made a few trips to France, as we have a supplier of chocolate nuts based in Provence.

How do you source your chocolate?

We make all our chocolate from the cocoa beans grown on our Grenada farm. I have visited Venezuela, Trinidad, Cuba, India and Thailand to see how they grow cocoa but I found people are paid very little to work long hours in very hot conditions. Starting our own farm in Grenada avoided this.

Worst hotel?

In Grenada, we once stayed in a wooden house for a week. There were holes in the floor and roof so snakes and insects kept coming in. But you look back with romantic memories once you’re no longer covered in bites.

Worst-ever travel experience?

Coming back from a trade fair in Germany we took a ferry from France. There was a big storm and gale force winds, which meant the crossing took about three times longer. When we did get to Dover we couldn’t get into the harbour and it took four tugs to pull us in. I eventually left Dover at three in the morning – nine hours late.

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