The 105-year-old confectioner revamped its image earlier this year to capitalize on key natural trends, transitioning to recyclable plastic for its iconic licorice jar and joining two sustainability initiatives.
The six-year-old company had landed $35m in funding as recently as 2017, but it said a challenging retail environment led to this financial pitfall. Six of its more than two dozen stores will close immediately.
We spoke with the Chicago-based ingredient company at IBIE 2019 about how its non-digestible, essentially calorie-free ‘rare sugar’ can change the better-for-you and functional side of chocolate and candy.
The all-in-one tabletop machine completes each step of the chocolate making process – from nib to conching to cooling – yielding a final product of real chocolate in about two hours, with the help of a digital recipe and guidance app.