Honour for chocolate guru

DM1521631a.jpg The Raw Chocolate Company. Founder Linus Gorpe. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150308-162036008
DM1521631a.jpg The Raw Chocolate Company. Founder Linus Gorpe. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150308-162036008

Raw Chocolate Company founder Linus Gorpe was ‘blown away’ to be named among the world’s greatest business leaders.

Salt Magazine placed the Henfield businessman alongside household names like Richard Branson and Elon Musk in its list of the World’s Top 100 Business Leaders.

Linus, who founded The Raw Chocolate Company in 2006, said: “I was blown away by this announcement.

“To be listed alongside people I have admired and followed for many years makes me very happy. We are constantly seeking to improve and better our activities.

“We’re looking into lessening the impact of our packaging, something that has been beyond our means until now.

“We’re also improving the working environment in the factory to make it an even happier place to work.”

Salt describes itself as ‘a magazine for the change agents amongst us’, which celebrates a new generation of leaders who are committed to making a difference and engage in ‘compassionate business thinking’.

A statement from the magazine said: “The Salt team drew on its collective years of experience within the world of business and environmental sustainability to draw up a list of global compassionate leaders. The following criteria were used for assessment: Sustainability, Innovation, Compassion, Impact.”

The Raw Chocolate Company came into being afterLinus, their resident ‘chocolate wizard’, went back to the confection’s Central American roots and started experimenting with raw cacao.

The company makes its chocolate from cacao beans and cacao butter, with natural sweeteners like coconut sugar, lucuma or xylitol.

The company operates on the belief that chocolate ‘can be better for us, better for the growers and better for the environment’. Their product range includes raw chocolate bars, supreme foods and raw chocolate coated snacks - all made from organic, natural and vegan ingredients.

Over the last three years, several of their chocolate bars have been awarded gold stars at The Great Taste Awards.

Visit their website at: www.therawchocolatecompany.com

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