Entrepreneurs from 10 states gathered to participate in the second annual Chocolatier’s Workshop, held at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s headquarters in Lititz, Pa., May 4-6. The three days encompassed classroom instruction and hands-on practice with confectionery creation.
“When we first designed the workshop, we thought we would focus on individuals who were planning to open a confectionery business and were looking for help to develop a solid business plan to ensure their success,” said Courtney LeDrew, marketing manager for Cargill. “What we have discovered is that people from all different chocolate-making and business development stages wanted to participate.”
Led by Cargill senior staff and other industry professionals, the seminar covered a range of topics including packaging, merchandising, legal and operational realities, choosing a product mix and purchasing equipment. Participants also related their own business experiences, brainstormed ideas and shared tips and techniques. The participants spent a day in the Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate lab, honing their chocolate-tempering and production skills.Cargill is planning to offer the next Chocolatier’s Workshop seminar Sept. 16-18. Cost for the three-day program is $800, and includes breakfasts, lunches and a celebratory dinner plus all of the course and lab materials. The company limits the number of participants to 10 individuals per workshop. Visit www.cargill.comfor more details and additional upcoming dates.