On July 7th the world comes together to celebrate one of the most popular sweet treats, chocolate. Phoebe Baxter profiles some of the top chocolate foodservice professionals in our industry, along with some fun food facts to celebrate the day.

World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 and has been observed since 2009 globally. An important day considering now approximately 1 billion people eat chocolate every day and the organic chocolate market worldwide values at $886 million.

In 2018 people will celebrate the day by indulging in their favourite chocolate treat, providing the perfect opportunity for suppliers to boost their chocolate sales.

Here we profile a handful of top chocolate foodservice professionals:

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Mondelez International

Mondelez International is an American multinational confectionary, food and beverage company based in Illinois. It operates in 160 countries and employs around 107,000 people around the world, with average revenue of $26billion. The company is a member of Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Modelez International manufactures chocolate including iconic chocolate bands such as Oreo, Terry’s, Milka, Toblerone and Dairy Milk, but also cookies, gum, confectionary and powered beverages. They hold the top position in biscuits and candy, and second in chocolate and gum.

Nestle Professional

Nestle includes chocolate brands such as Crunch, Nestle, Kitkat and Smarties. It is a foodservice dedicated organisation which provides market insight, raw materials and goods. It provides an array of snacking products, a range of leading culinary aids and custom menu development. They have a broad market base serving fast casual, convenience stores, foodservice at retail, colleges and universities and healthcare.

Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut is a business to business chocolate and cocoa manufacturer based in Zurich, Switzerland. It operates in 55 factories worldwide, employing 11,000 people and producing 1.7million tonnes of cocoa annually. Their customers include multinational and national branded consumer goods manufacturers and artisanal users of chocolate. The company has a focus on innovation and R&D, demonstrated by their creation of Ruby chocolate in 2017 which was awarded most innovative new product at the 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

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Brakes (also Brake Bros Ltd)

Brakes is a food and distribution company supplying food, drink and other products predominantly to the catering industry in the UK through more than 20 distribution centres. Its headquarters are in the UK but they also serve the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and France. Customers include schools, contract caterers, hospitals, hotels, independent dining establishments and large restaurant chains. The company received the Foodservice packaging association CSR award in 2017.

Cargill

Cargill is a privately held American global corporation that has businesses in trading, purchasing and distribution of agricultural commodities and food ingredients. It is the largest privately held corporation in the US in terms of revenue and has over 155,000 employees in 70 countries. They partner with the world’s leading consumer goods, restaurant and retail brands to create innovative products.

Bidfood

Bidfood is a foodservice wholesaler supplying fresh, frozen, ambient and non-food products to customers in a wide range of sectors within foodservice and catering industry. These include the NHS, defence, hotels and restaurant chains. Bidfood was recently awarded ‘Wholesaler of the Year’ at the Grocer Gold Awards 2018.

Arytza Food Solutions

Arytza Food Solutions is a food business based in Zurich Switzerland with operations across the America’s, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. It is the leader of the frozen bakery sector and global supplier of baked goods to the foodservice, retail and quick service restaurant sectors. It specialises in baked goods as well as sweet and savoury food.

Top 10 Chocolate Facts:

1. Chocolate is the only edible substance to melt around 93 degrees Fahrenheit, just below the human body temperature, which is why chocolate melts in the mouth
2. 90% of the world’s cacao is grown on small family run farms, no larger than 12 acres
3. Kitkat is produced worldwide by Nestle, except in the US where their competitor Hershey makes them
4. Europe accounts for more than half of the world’s chocolate consumption
5. M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting and now are often taken to space by Astronauts
6. Cacao trees are so delicate that farmers lose approximately 30% of their crop each year
7. It takes 2 to 4 days to make a single serving chocolate bar
8. Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat. Solid eating chocolate, created by combining cocoa butter, sugar and chocolate liquor, was only developed in 1847 by a pair of British confectioners
9. Chocolate has over 600 flavour compounds
10. Scientists found that hot chocolate tastes better in orange cups. How you serve food and drink matters in the perception of taste