24 Burst results for "Chocolate Company"

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:36 sec | 4 months ago

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

"Child labor laws are before the Supreme Court today. It's a case brought by six Africans against US chocolate companies. The plaintiffs from Molly say they were trafficked as Children and forced to work long hours on the Ivory Coast cocoa farms and kept at night in locked shacks. The suit against Nestle USA seeks damages and argues that the company should better monitor child labor on the farms. The Washington Post reports. Child labor is why Spread on the cocoa farms of West Africa, or about two thirds of the world's cocoa is grown

Supreme Court Molly Ivory Coast United States Nestle Washington Post West Africa
How to Find Meaningful Work with Shawn Askinosie

The EntreLeadership Podcast

06:09 min | 6 months ago

How to Find Meaningful Work with Shawn Askinosie

"This is the entreleadership podcast where we help business leaders, themselves, their teams, and the Prophets I'm your host Daniel Tardy today. My guest is Sean, Eskenazi founder and CEO of Ashkenazi Chocolate. Chocolate company. This one's going to be hey, Shawn's been there. He asked himself why don't I love my job anymore? Before he got into chocolate he was doing something he was really really good at, but he wasn't fulfilled and he hit a point where he knew he had to change. So today he's got a chocolate company, but his passion, his passion started out. Practicing Law. Yeah I was practicing law. I always wanted to be a lawyer. I, wanted to be in the courtroom and I wanted to work specifically in Criminal Law. And that's what I. Did I did it for twenty years and specialize in really serious cases felonies, murder robbery, rape, tax fraud bank fraud I absolutely loved it didn't feel like work to me and one day in the middle of not in the middle of near the end of a murder trial as I reflect back I I know that sort of a pivotal point for me talking with a client in the anteroom outside the courtroom before closing arguments and really pivotal for me, and then you know couple of years later, I'm in the courtroom on a very routine matter just super i. mean there was no contention at all my chest art hurting and. Like you said, you know I I thought it was I didn't know if I was having a heart attack or what but I did go to the hospital and my doctor said I was fine and that I needed to see a psychologist and I did thankfully and ended up taking the pro for five years or so and and really trying to address this issue of what's going. On what is happening because I don't love my job anymore and I'm sure many of your listeners can relate to this idea of weight. This is what I wanted to do and I've done it for a long time. Now I don't love it anymore because I feel it. I I I can sense it in my mind body and spirit it wasn't that I fell out of love with. Working on justice and defending people who are accused of crime. It was just the whole package just didn't fit with me anymore. But. The problem is that I didn't know what else to do. I had a political science degree I didn't want to run for office and So I had no other skills. So I just did what lawyers do I started researching and reading and and thinking that the research and reading and talking and uncovering every stone that I could that that that I would find the answer of what's next. I, I just couldn't do it. So I was literally searching in the darkness for about five years. before landed on chocolate and I was still practicing still trying cases still doing a good job but you know I, as I reflect back on it I I would not have minded if the process wouldn't have taken five years but I I don't regret don't regret that that sort of circuitous. Sometimes really. Challenging Path. I'm curious at that point when you went to the hospital thinking, you're having a heart attack of I've had the same experience and I wasn't having a heart attack. They said it's stress and I said, I don't feel stressed I'm fine and it turns out I was stressed and ended up learning about anxiety attacks and how those can caused these pains in your body that feel like really intense and can feel like a heart attack I also did the LEX thing for a little bit. In my experience I, I'm very type A. I gather that you're also Taipei. I really tried for season to power through that I didn't want that to be true of me that I needed to acknowledge that I was over committed or over stressed or that I had some work to do in this psychological space to figure out why my body was doing this. Did you try to power through? Did you get curious really quick? How did you respond to that? The first thing I did was This is like right at the end of that murder trial I thought Gosh what is happening? So the first thing I did which is what a lot of people do is I bought a convertible Mercedes. And or maybe not a Mercedes people by Ferrari's and other stuff I can only afford a Mercedes. So I I was like this will do it. Surely feel better by in this thing and. That lasted for about four months and and I sold it and. That was my first kind of awareness. You know response was to buy a car and so I didn't have a didn't have A. Amount of self awareness at that point but I but I did have enough to know that something was wrong and so I didn't stop there and continued to explore what what is happening. Why am I? Feeling anxiety why am I sensing it? Why am I no longer passionate about this job and? So, all the while trying to Fi-, am I gonNa Buy Business am I going to start a business? Might what praying about this? I prayed about it every day very simple prayer. Dear God please give me something else to do and and and I did that for like I said almost five years and so what happened is, yes, I did try to power through it at first I thought well, maybe it's criminal law and I started to do take on some civil cases and Still, in the courtroom but that didn't, it wasn't happening for me and I, it was okay. But I needed to I needed to fill almost in my whole body a sense of inspiration about the work that I was doing and it wasn't happening is so as I tried to power through it in my law career I I just was I felt like I was just reaching a dead end and. That was, I think really the low point for me when I when I felt like that it wasn't going to happen that I wasn't going to feel this kind of inspiration again, and that's when I. Sort of just stumbled into this volunteer job at the at the hospital.

Murder Founder And Ceo Daniel Tardy Shawn Taipei Eskenazi Mercedes Sean Ashkenazi FI Ferrari Fraud Robbery Rape
Chocolate snow dusts Swiss town after Lindt chocolate factory malfunction

America First with Sebastian Gorka

00:24 sec | 8 months ago

Chocolate snow dusts Swiss town after Lindt chocolate factory malfunction

"A fine cocoa powder. After a ventilation system and a chocolate factory malfunction. The chocolate company confirmed reports that there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line of roasted cocoa Nibs. In its factory in Alton between Zurich and Basel. The company says one car was lightly coated, and it's offered to pay for any cleaning needed more on these stories, a townhall dot com Balance

Zurich Basel
11 Trivia Questions on Hodge Podge

Trivia With Budds

04:41 min | 10 months ago

11 Trivia Questions on Hodge Podge

"Trivia questions just for you I use these at senior communities to close out my our trivia with them, so these might be a little bit easier for you. If you've been looking for an easier episode, this might be the one we're going to jump into those eleven questions right now here we go. All right guys Hodgepodge Trivia questions. Here's number one. What chocolate company says blank makes the very best number one. What chocolate company says blank makes the very best fill in the blank. Question number two. What to word French term means goodbye, and the spelling counts on this one. What to word French term means goodbye number two spelling counts. Number three also called a Dung beetle what was associated with the divine aspects of the early morning sun in, ancient Egypt number three also called the Dung Beetle was associated with the divine aspects of the early morning Sun in Ancient Egypt. And question number four. What two syllables Zodiac sign covers most of July number four. What two syllable Zodiac sign covers most of July? Question number five for the first time since nineteen eighteen. What East Coast team one baseball's world series in two thousand and four number five for the first time since nineteen eighteen. What East Coast team one baseball's world series in two thousand four. Question number six. What desert covers much of the African country of Mali number six. What desert covers much of the African country of Mali? Number seven what female Carolyn keene character has been solving crimes for more than eighty years number seven. What Female Carolyn keene character has been solving crimes for more than eighty years. Question Number Eight, according to the Constitution. What is the minimum age? You have to be to become a US president number eight, according to the constitution? What is the minimum age to become? President Number Eight. And question number nine. What's the second line of the nursery rhyme? Three blind mice number nine. What's the second line of the nursery rhyme? Three blind mice? Two questions go in this hodgepodge quiz number. Ten summer nights was a song from what John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Movie Number Ten summer nights. A song from what John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Movie and pretend. And you're bonus for two points. What mythological creature is the basis for the starbucks logo? Number eleven points what mythological creature is the basis for the starbucks logo? Those are all your hodgepodge questions, and we'll be right back in just a second with the Hodge podge answers. Our guys. We're back with hodgepodge answers. Let's see how you did number one. What chocolate company says blank makes the very best. That's Nestle Nestle makes the very best number two. What to word French term means goodbye and spelling counts. That's all reservoir, and it's a you space our. Our our our number two. Number three also called the Dung Beetle. What was associated with the divine aspects of the early morning Sun in ancient? Egypt that is a scarab number, three is scarab. You might find one of those in the mummy movies and number four. What two syllables Zodiac sign covers most of July. Has Cancer Cancer Number Four? Question number five for the first time since thousand nine hundred East Coast Team, one baseball's world series in two thousand four. The Boston Red Sox number five the red SOx And number six. What desert covers much of the African country of Mali the Sahara? Desert Sahara desert. Number seven? What Female Carolyn? keene character has been solving crimes for more than eighty years. That is the counterpart to the hardy boys. Nancy drew number seven. Nancy drew. And questionable eight, according to the constitution, what is the minimum age? You have to become president thirty five years old thirty-five? Question number nine. What's the second line of the nursery rhyme? Three blind mice? It's see how they run number. Nine three blind mice see how they run.

Carolyn Keene Dung Beetle Mali United States President Trump Starbucks Baseball Egypt John Travolta East Coast Hardy Boys Olivia Newton Nestle Nestle Nancy Boston Red Sox East Coast Team Hodge
11 Trivia Questions on Hodge Podge

Trivia With Budds

02:46 min | 10 months ago

11 Trivia Questions on Hodge Podge

"What two syllables Zodiac sign covers most of July number four. What two syllable Zodiac sign covers most of July? Question number five for the first time since nineteen eighteen. What East Coast team one baseball's world series in two thousand and four number five for the first time since nineteen eighteen. What East Coast team one baseball's world series in two thousand four. Question number six. What desert covers much of the African country of Mali number six. What desert covers much of the African country of Mali? Number seven what female Carolyn keene character has been solving crimes for more than eighty years number seven. What Female Carolyn keene character has been solving crimes for more than eighty years. Question Number Eight, according to the Constitution. What is the minimum age? You have to be to become a US president number eight, according to the constitution? What is the minimum age to become? President Number Eight. And question number nine. What's the second line of the nursery rhyme? Three blind mice number nine. What's the second line of the nursery rhyme? Three blind mice? Two questions go in this hodgepodge quiz number. Ten summer nights was a song from what John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Movie Number Ten summer nights. A song from what John Travolta and Olivia Newton John Movie and pretend. And you're bonus for two points. What mythological creature is the basis for the starbucks logo? Number eleven points what mythological creature is the basis for the starbucks logo? Those are all your hodgepodge questions, and we'll be right back in just a second with the Hodge podge answers. Our guys. We're back with hodgepodge answers. Let's see how you did number one. What chocolate company says blank makes the very best. That's Nestle Nestle makes the very best number two. What to word French term means goodbye and spelling counts. That's all reservoir, and it's a you space our. Our our our number two. Number three also called the Dung Beetle. What was associated with the divine aspects of the early morning Sun in ancient? Egypt that is a scarab number, three is scarab. You might find one of those in the mummy movies and number four. What two syllables Zodiac sign covers most of July. Has Cancer

Carolyn Keene East Coast John Travolta United States Starbucks Baseball Olivia Newton Mali Nestle Nestle President Trump Dung Beetle Cancer Egypt Hodge
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

03:37 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"To be fully supplied with product also can show you that this product sells so we'll take on that cost of pay. Pay We'll give out samples ten years stores, but if the product sells you see success, let's roll it out to your other stores, so just kind of a back and forth Give us a try where local up and coming company, but we really have good good vision for what we WANNA. Do we have good product and we have a kind of a fun name that we can play off of. Let's see what we can do with your stores. And it started with fifteen hospital gift shops, and then it went to their three hundred then same. Same for hallmark. We started with fries. We did a test of maybe twelve stores sold out pretty quickly, and then we just continued to roll it out to nationwide. That's awesome and and I'll tell you. Carol is probably thinking this, not saying it, but it's so five a little bit jealous Louis left the corporate world in two thousand eight, and we were looking for a business to start. We ended up in real estate, but my big idea at the time was to start a gourmet chocolate shop, and it's always been a passion of mine so so. It's nice to see somebody that actually executed on my passion I'm a little bit jealous, very cool very cool. I am very envious of your situation riot. It's very well. In, very very cool and On a side note. And loving the fact that you have this amazing product where your plan for scaling was to say simply because I don't want to minimize it, but because of the product was to send samples to people that is I, mean that in and of itself it just it shows the viability of your product in. That's a really fantastic thing very cool, so it is. Very cool so okay. It sounds like. Let's I WANNA. Take a little bit of a step back, so you? There was a small chocolate shop. It was called. What was the original name of it before you became chocolate pizza dot? COM WASN'T A. Touch of spice great, so you took a touch of spice when you bought it is that when became chocolate pizza? When did you realize there was a whole branding situation that needed happen? Chocolate Pizza for probably I'd say eight to ten years before I. Bought it. I understand okay, so it was, and then the brick and mortar was called a touch of spice okay. I understand so now you're in these large. Stores so it sounds like I would suspect that perhaps your team of four employees at that point wasn't quite enough. Right and I would also suspect that the production capacity before you inherited are purchase. This business wasn't quite enough to support what you had. So how did you scale that up? What kind of efforts and resources did did that take? So when I took over, everything was handed. So is all done by hand. If you had a chocolate covered cookie, take it by hand. You dip it in need. Let it sit overnight to cool, so we knew that there was no way we could service one hundred thousand cookies by doing them all by hand, so we looked into automating. Some of the processes were before I bought the business they did about nine thousand chocolate covered cookies total and. And with some of our new equipment we've purchased to do nine thousand cookies in a day, so it really allowed us to ramp up our scale and not be able to really produce at a level we needed to for these larger companies, and so at this point, where you basically focusing the entire business on on scale production and sending stuff out, or would you still serving foot traffic and and focusing on having a retail shop as well? Yeah a big thing we want to do is really wanted to dominate the C. N. Y. Market. We wanted to be central New York's chocolate company. So when you thought of chocolate gift you wanted. We wanted you to think of chocolate pizza, so we really did a large outreach going to a lot of different local shows in different promotions in working with different schools and companies just will. Will. Be could really kind of put our brandon if you're thinking central New York and you're thinking chocolate, we want you to think chocolate pizza so is a.

New York Carol brandon Louis
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

05:24 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"Okay without any further ado, let's bring Ryan Novak onto the show. How you doing today Ryan. Thank you very much for having me today. Thank you so much for being here so Ryan got to tell you. Jay and I are already huge super fans, even before this interview right so we have a lot of amazing listeners on this show and everyone will not everyone, but lots of people send us amazing little, thank Yous, and all kinds of gifts, and so on and so forth and I. Don't know about their six weeks ago. We got a new gift we had never seen before. It was something from your company. Chocolate pizza and we are huge fans already. Already and listeners ago. Let you know we're going to talk a lot more about Ryan's amazing product, but we started digging into Ryan Story and just said we have got to have. This man is a guest on our show, so we love what he's got to say, and we are confident listeners that you will too so Ryan. Thanks again for being here with us so would before we jump in to the back story. Can you give us just a quick overview to kind of set the stage for everybody? What is chocolate pizza right now? What is your company? So chocolate pizza chocolate pizza itself is a gourmet chocolate that we blended English toffee into it, and then top it with a variety of different candies anywhere from gems, peanut butter cups, drumstick stuff we do. We do carmo nuts just a wide variety. We offer about fifty different varieties of chocolate pizza, so for product is itself. That's kind of our main stable item. Is Chocolate Pizza just a gourmet gift? That's fun to give its unique to give an just kind of something that. That people never seen before so when they get a chocolate pizza. They're wild by it totally very cool. So where did talk the pizza? Come from I'd love to learn all about what is your back story and getting to where you are with chocolate pizza? What was your world before? TACO PIZZA was part of riot Novak's life. Sure so chocolate piece has been part of my life pretty much as long as I can remember growing up in a small town in upstate. UPSTATE NEW YORK? There was a little chocolate shop called. A touch of spice was across the street from my house so I would go over there I. Would I would jet with the owner at the time? When I was a little kid, my mom was friends with her, and they were a gift basket business, so they did a lot of different little gift basket items in. They created a chocolate pizza. The port chocolate into a an insulted as a pizza so kind. Kind of first of its kind back in the nineteen eighties, when I it first pizza, and it just started to grow so whenever I was five years old I was eaten that chocolate pizza from way back then, and then as I went to high school I went for my first job. I started at head, then turned to the chocolate pizza company and I got a job mopping the floor, doing the dishes and just do cleanup stuff around the place as a teenager. There was probably four or five employees total at the time. It was a pretty small business, but I told the owner which he was ready to retire. I really thought this concept of a gourmet chocolate was something we could really take national. I thought there was something really neat about the concept of a chocolate Pete's. It's gourmet quality chocolate, but it served in a fun idea rather than just a truffle ball or a candy bar that you see anywhere so going through high school I work there learned about the business, and then went off to Syracuse University. I was in their entrepreneurship program at the Whitman's will management I was placekicker on the football team, so I walked on my freshman year. At a great time playing football up at Syracuse and then going into my senior year at Syracuse I had the opportunity to purchase the business at Ju. Just to give us just to give us a little bit of context. What year was this was two thousand ten, okay? Yeah so twenty one years old. That was a going into that summer. My senior year and we negotiated a deal where I bought chocolate pizza from her. So from there we were just kinda often running. I finished my year at Syracuse well running chocolate pizza, sleeping on the little couch in the little store. We had they're. Pretty much working nonstop trying to finish up my college work while trying to run a business as a twenty one year old, really no idea what he was doing. That's Awesome I. Love that story, so give us a little bit more background. So at the time. Chocolate pizzas the two thousand ten. Was it still just like a small town? Little chocolate shop was just local customers. Where you shipping pizzas out. Note, there was really no. No online business? There's really no shipping going on. It was really just servicing the local Marcel. Skinny Syracuse area for chocolate, so it really not grown much larger than that had a great following people, but we knew there was a lot more out there. Who would be interested in this concept? Yes, so when you decided to take it over. Did you have a business plan? Did you have a marketing plan or was this just hey? Hey I'm going to give this a try. I mean you. You had gone through an entrepreneur ship program at Syracuse freight, so I imagine at least start to think about these things. But what was your plan back in two thousand ten? When I took it over? Yeah, so I was fortunate being at the Whitman School, there's some great advisors in a couple of great professors that really helped me out in. We crafted a plan and. And we said here's my vision for what I can do with chocolate pizza years. We WanNa start with this and then move into. Other retailers have other people sell our products in Kinda grow like that, so he didn't have a plan. Put together what we wanted to do. which was which was definitely helpful, obviously as a business in very important for for growing our business in being at the business, school was a big part of. Having me have the ability to write. Then be ready to go with that very cool so left to learn more here. You are at the ripe old age of what twenty one twenty two. You're in college and you decide. You want to buy this business..

Ryan Novak Syracuse TACO PIZZA Syracuse University Syracuse freight Jay Yous Whitman football Whitman School YORK Marcel
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

24:56 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"We sold tens of thousands of a huge selling pizza, so it's Kinda just using our resources using the people in what we liked, so we it's kind of. We don't have any outside focus groups besides you know asking facebook fans what they think they want to see their next. But that's still so much more than so many small business owners do and I love the fact you're doing your ab testing your testing in in smaller locations, and then expanding the things that are working. You're going out to social media. It's just it's funny. The dichotomy you think. It's a small local chocolate shop. That's sending out, but you're. You're really you're managing it like a veteran entrepreneur, so so it's again just a good reminder that even the most simple concept with good management, creativity, the entrepreneurial spirit, and and just a lot of hard work. That simple concept can really pay off your does, and we're fortunate to. You know if it doesn't sell. It's chocolate. We've got twenty people who. Who Work for us. People love to take chocolate home. My neighbors love us because we bring them chocolate. That wasn't as good as they thought it would be. An and everybody's happy, so so I, actually just curious so How what's the shelf life of a typical product? Can you batch stuff and do stuff months in advance or do you basically have to be within a couple of days of shipping? No one else, so the shelf life on our product is nine months. The Charleston is a pretty long shelf life. We're kind kinda unique, and we're really a just in time. Manufacturer, which in the chocolate industry is very rare. It's you allow the big chocolate. Companies produce cases in cases of stuff stored in warehouses, and then shifted from there. We kind of do it a little bit differently where we're. We're very heavy intensive on when we get the orders. That's when we start to. To fulfil them so that when people are eating our chocolate, it's really the very fresh chocolate. They've ever tasted so. That's something we were hard on..

Charleston facebook
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

24:56 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"We sold tens of thousands of a huge selling pizza, so it's Kinda just using our resources using the people in what we liked, so we it's kind of. We don't have any outside focus groups besides you know asking facebook fans what they think they want to see their next. But that's still so much more than so many small business owners do and I love the fact you're doing your ab testing your testing in in smaller locations, and then expanding the things that are working. You're going out to social media. It's just it's funny. The dichotomy you think. It's a small local chocolate shop. That's sending out, but you're. You're really you're managing it like a veteran entrepreneur, so so it's again just a good reminder that even the most simple concept with good management, creativity, the entrepreneurial spirit, and and just a lot of hard work. That simple concept can really pay off your does, and we're fortunate to. You know if it doesn't sell. It's chocolate. We've got twenty people who. Who Work for us. People love to take chocolate home. My neighbors love us because we bring them chocolate. That wasn't as good as they thought it would be. An and everybody's happy, so so I, actually just curious so How what's the shelf life of a typical product? Can you batch stuff and do stuff months in advance or do you basically have to be within a couple of days of shipping? No one else, so the shelf life on our product is nine months. The Charleston is a pretty long shelf life. We're kind kinda unique, and we're really a just in time. Manufacturer, which in the chocolate industry is very rare. It's you allow the big chocolate. Companies produce cases in cases of stuff stored in warehouses, and then shifted from there. We kind of do it a little bit differently where we're. We're very heavy intensive on when we get the orders. That's when we start to. To fulfil them so that when people are eating our chocolate, it's really the very fresh chocolate. They've ever tasted so. That's something we were hard on..

Charleston facebook
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

16:09 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"We had some excess chocolate. We were happy to news and the kids love coming together doing some some community service hours. That's great. Do you expect that the whole crow virus crisis I know? Obviously, it's changed your business over the few months Do you expect there to Burma changes or do you think it's basically? GonNa get back to business as usual in the next couple of weeks months. Where do you see that impacting your business longer term? Yeah I think long-term retail side I think that'll be changed for a long time I think having the number of people in the stores are in flow in our retail store checkout process I think that'll be changed for for a long time to come outside of that I, think we will eventually get back to normal in with a vaccine coming out hopefully at the end of the year so I think that will have a big relief on people getting out, and about in feeling uncomfortable, going out retail, wise fortunate that we have a strong online presence because retail I'm not sure how long it's going to be until that back up. Up to full capacity at like, it was pretty grown up. Co Sell Ryan speaking of business, getting back up to a more regular capacity, and so on, and so forth I know that you've mentioned that part of your overall strategy and part of your giving back in part of growing your business and talking about helping your brother. Get all of these other kids on board. I think you mentioned that part of your world is also mentoring other people in their entrepreneurship journeys right so can you tell us more about that? In other types of people that you've helped mentor in Inspire and getting on their entrepreneurial adventures? Yeah, I mean I'm. I'm all about sharing my story, and sharing what I've done in how I kinda jumped into the entrepreneurship world. Letting people know too that you don't have to start a business you can take business at already has a foundation of people in has a small start. You can take that and grow that in this just as much entrepreneurship is somebody starting with just an idea and building from there so definitely working with the kids for for us in giving him that idea that you don't just have to come up with fresh idea I give him. My story of there was already I just had a vision for something more than what? What it was, and then giving them that experience in helping really helping him grow into the world and Kinda take their ideas and go so I mean I'm always happy to work with them, and it's fantastic CNN come back and have their ideas and working further companies intakes kind of the entrepreneurial spirit. They learn here and do it in a job that they're in is not all of them. Go out and start their own business, but if they can kind of take the idea of here's a small local company. Here's what I learned and they can share that with their workforce. It's a big thing that they can. They can share. in especially with I'm liking hearing this information especially about these kids coming right out of school cause I feel like there are so many so much. There's so much negative press about people of this new generation in. It sounds like you're seeing something very different. Can you talk more about that? The kids who come work for us or just some of the hardest workers they always show up. They do a fantastic job. The kids who work for us go to the Naval Academy. We had a couple of west point and they just I. Mean they're just great kid so I mean..

Ryan Burma CNN Naval Academy
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

18:50 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"That would bring and then. Then just having that in place is just what we needed for being able to grow a couple of other competitors in friends of ours that we know they didn't quite have their websites ready to go, and when when ovid struck, and they can only do online. It's very tough, so we were fortunate that we already had the the system in place where we could. Could just fully transitioned onto an been this right now, and you mentioned a Sambi see appearance you mentioned. A hallmark appearance I think were listed in Forbes, and so you've gotten a lot of great press. Is that something that has just occurred naturally or do you have a marketing team or press person that reaches out? How does how have you done that you're. We I do. Agent. WHO WORKS WITH US for getting? Some of those bookings It's a lot of things where you're on one appearance. Somebody sees it. They need somebody to sell in I think one of our. We did a show on the CMT for Pickler, and Ben, where they had guests fall through his hate. Can you fly out in to do a segment of chocolate for us? They could see that I could talk, and I wasn't afraid of a camera so I, said sure I'll come out in was a huge yards. It was great for us, so just kind of being was. A couple appearances like that really grow the brand and you see that immediately moved the needle like you do it appearance like that and then overnight obviously. Yes, our our largest single online day was that CNBC Day it was on the money Saturday morning at like this show is at seven. Am Wasn't sure what to expect in. It was just insane. Just our largest single order at our largest single online day ever was just incredible, so that the national media really does move the needle for us. That's really cool, and you've mentioned several times throughout this interview that a big part of your not even necessarily strategy, but just murder. Who you are is giving back in I, believe. I saw something recently speaking. Speaking of press that you've really took that to a whole new level through the whole Cova crisis. Can you talk to us about out what that look like and how how everybody is benefiting from that? Yeah, definitely, so my younger brother who works for me? He's going into his senior year in high school. He's looking to go to Cornell in. He wanted to do a program. Where is friends with some of the local kids who work for us here? They said if we donate our time in you donate the chocolate. Can we create chocolates and then? Then, give them to local food banks in the local food shelter, so people who may not be able to celebrate east. It was for Easter at the time. They could get some of our good chocolate that they may never had before. So said, of course be happy to do that. They came together for a couple of days made a bunch of Easter Chocolates Easter. Eggs Easter bunnies, and then we went and drop them off at some of the local food pantries in. It was picked up by a couple of local stations than Fox News little digital. Digital segment on it, so it was neat to spread the word, but just a great thing to do..

ovid Forbes CNBC Fox News CMT Cornell murder Pickler Ben
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

21:54 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"If thirty five percent is your retail store, it is, and it's a little. Little skewed because we do a lot of corporate business in that gets run through that same side about the call it retail sales, but it's really at Disney's of big customer of ours, so I mean at the retail sale. That's really corporate sale. Just we broke it now. That makes sense quilt so speaking of that with these different channels and these different large customers. I'm really curious what your organization looks like now right, so it started with a few people back in the day. You have all these different functions. What is kind of your organizational structure right now? So we've got, we've got a a retail size. We have allison who runs our retail section, so she takes care anything that comes through people will come in through the door. Keeping the store stocks just are front facing side I handle all of the sales side, and I do a lot of the oversee the shipping side as well, and then we ever production manager who manages everything that has to do with the production of the products, so it's kind of the three big pieces who kind of keep everything moving, and then under that we have pieces who move back and forth and kind of feel the need as needed I. Mean we're definitely not overstaffed, so. People do a little bit of everything in an small business technical, and how many people total think? We're at about eighteen right now at allow okay, that's a sizable business. And Talk to us about of course with Kovin everything. We've mentioned a few times we've alluded to. We suspect that business has changed at least a little bit. How has it impacted Your Business? Yes, so right in March. We got the the order We close a retail store so right off the bat since March has been no retail traffic because we're a food. Food processor we are allowed to continue to manufacture food. We can do curbside and take out, and then we can continue to shift online are online sales have just gone through the roof, so as to once as we kind of more people transition to. They can't be with someone for their birthday. They can't be there for an anniversary sandwich pizza. We've seen an incredible. Incredible uptick in in online sales and have you done anything particular to get the word out so I'll be honest so carolina again about six weeks ago, we received a gift one of our listeners from you from chocolate pizza and let me tell you something. When I received the box, I looked at it and I said chocolate pizza man. I'm thinking if somebody like. Like this is a bomb and somebody's just trying to assassinate me. This is the absolute best thing they can put on this package to get to open it so but I had never heard of it before. Carol never heard of it before so was did did you start doing something differently during Cova to kind of get the word out, or was it just? Just the natural marketing not haven't really the last two years. We've put a strong focus on our SEO side. We've we've really been working to get our rankings up there drinking the top first page for a lot of different keywords that we can that were already primed for, and then I think just with people being home in. We see huge online usage of. Of mobile phone usage up and just being prepared for that, so two years ago, we did a full website redesign was completely destroyed. The old site just built a brand new site on top of it. That was ready to handle large volumes of traffic. We had our NBC. Appearances are hallmark appearances. We wanted to be prepared for the traffic..

allison Disney production manager NBC carolina Cova Carol
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

12:07 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"We've kind of pulled back and some of wholesaling, just because the margins are tight, it's large volume runs, but the margins aren't always as great. We Really WanNa pump our. Sales. That's what we've taken the last two years and really put a big effort into to kind of building that website presence. That's in I also find that really fascinating because we hear from so many different people that the best way to grow in scale is by doing all these wholesale accounts is by doing these large orders, and it sounds like you're experiencing really good results in a lot of growth by doing these one offs as an online presence, being able to ship in two days and so on. Yeah, I mean we learned growing. It was fantastic. You get an order for four hundred thousand dollars in it'd be an incredible experience and be like holy cow. Here we go. We made it, but then you realize all the work goes into fulfilling an order like that in the time in what it takes away from other things that that order comes down to a lot less money than that when. When when the Chekhov so China dealing with some of those major customers, we realized we can't compete with the major major companies who can give away tons of stack, and can give away free cases the every two thousand stores across the country to get their products out there, so we kind of have to work with specialty customers who fit with us in understand that will provide a great product, but. We're really seeing great growth in online business in corporate gift giving business as well so we really we've kind of hammered those last two years. We still have a solid twenty twenty five percent of our business in wholesale market, but we really are kind of focusing on that going all in on it, wholesale market in kind of exploring the online world as well, and that's cool. Yeah. I was going to say one of the Nice things about that wholesale market even if you're moving out of it now in the intermediate years..

China
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

23:53 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"Look, you can see the chocolate. Being made really wanted to have that impact as well as having a a presence here as well not just shipping out nationwide fairy and I'm, it sounds like you. Have you really had a two pronged approach that on one hand you were going after these national accounts to grow, and then at the same time it sounds like you're simultaneously creating not only a local product, but a local experience is what it sounds like right by having the shop where you could see this happening and so on and so forth. Exactly very cool. I love that so at this point. What year are we in when you said about five years ago when you built the new shop two thousand fifteen? How many employees did you have at that time? `Bout twenty two people. We had come through, so it a pretty good amount of people working for us. That is really cool, and you mentioned earlier that you started there. In High School is when you when you started at the shop. You're in high school. Direct. Yes, add has that. Has that practice kind of continued through all these years? Even with all your Kroth absolutely, we've continue. We still work with the high schools in the area, so we still higher about six to eight high school. Kids at come in. They're usually their junior year. We worked with him for two years. Just like the opportunity I got, so it's fantastic. At these young kids given their first business experience cleaning doing dishes doing all the stuff I used to do, but it really gives them that sense of what a local businesses like in really getting to. To see the operations of working with major customers, working with shipping in ups and kind of giving a whole for small business, because that's not a not an opportunity that a lot of kids get to get that age, but really helped transform me and give me a love for the business community getting to work with that being young kid, so we love doing that with the local schools. It's fantastic. I really love that, and if you think about it, it's such a win. Win. I mean you're getting high school. Student to presumably will will be a little bit less expensive. And also more malleable, I mean they're gonNA. Take instruction well, and so you're getting benefits on the same. At the same time. The high school students are getting this invaluable experience like in in in working in a business. That's growing. Learning all aspects of the business, a business like this is nice, because you really I mean if you're working in the business, you probably you're touching. Every aspect of the business really is a win win. It's it's a good reminder for all our listeners out there who have small businesses that there are ways to do this that you don't have to go out and. And hire or five hundred CEOS and expensive people, especially, if a, and this is why things hearing your story that I love especially if one of your goals is to give back, you're not just about making money. You're not just about growing the business. You're about actually using your business using.

High School
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

19:04 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"New York and you're thinking chocolate. We want you to think chocolate pizza so is a big thing for us to go from kind of smaller company at the time to now we are essentially works largest chocolate company. We wanted to make this. This is our home, so he wanted to make sure that we put our our stay in this area that when you think chocolate, you come to our retail store in twenty fifteen, we built. Built a brand new manufacturing facility, so there's a retail a window from the retail store week..

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

19:04 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"New York and you're thinking chocolate. We want you to think chocolate pizza so is a big thing for us to go from kind of smaller company at the time to now we are essentially works largest chocolate company. We wanted to make this. This is our home, so he wanted to make sure that we put our our stay in this area that when you think chocolate, you come to our retail store in twenty fifteen, we built. Built a brand new manufacturing facility, so there's a retail a window from the retail store week..

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

20:01 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"When became chocolate pizza? When did you realize there was a whole branding situation that needed happen? Chocolate Pizza for probably I'd say eight to ten years before I bought it I. Understand okay, so it was, and then the brick and mortar was called a touch of spice okay. I understand so now you're in these large large stores, so it sounds like I would suspect that perhaps your team of three or four employees at that point wasn't quite enough. Right and I would also suspect that the production capacity before you inherited are purchase. This business wasn't quite enough to support what you had. So how did you scale that up? What kind of efforts and resources did did that take? So when I took over, everything was handed. So is all done by hand. If you had a chocolate covered cookie, you take it by hand, you dip it in need. Let it sit overnight to cool, so we knew that there was no way we could service one hundred thousand cookies by doing all by hand, so we looked into automating. Some of the process were before I bought the business they did about nine thousand chocolate covered cookies total and. And with some of our new equipment, we've purchased to do nine thousand cookies in a day, so it really allowed us to ramp up our scale and not be able to really produce at a level we needed to for these larger companies, and so at this point, where you basically focusing the entire business on on scale production and sending stuff out, or would you still serving foot traffic and and focusing on having a retail shop as well? Yeah a big thing we want to do is really wanted to dominate the C. N. Y. Market. We wanted to be central. New York's chocolate company. So when you thought of chocolate gift you wanted. We wanted you to think of chocolate. We really did a large outreach. Going to a lot of different local shows in different promotions in working with different schools and companies just will be could really kind of put our brandon if you're thinking central..

brandon New York
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

20:01 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"When became chocolate pizza? When did you realize there was a whole branding situation that needed happen? Chocolate Pizza for probably I'd say eight to ten years before I bought it I. Understand okay, so it was, and then the brick and mortar was called a touch of spice okay. I understand so now you're in these large large stores, so it sounds like I would suspect that perhaps your team of three or four employees at that point wasn't quite enough. Right and I would also suspect that the production capacity before you inherited are purchase. This business wasn't quite enough to support what you had. So how did you scale that up? What kind of efforts and resources did did that take? So when I took over, everything was handed. So is all done by hand. If you had a chocolate covered cookie, you take it by hand, you dip it in need. Let it sit overnight to cool, so we knew that there was no way we could service one hundred thousand cookies by doing all by hand, so we looked into automating. Some of the process were before I bought the business they did about nine thousand chocolate covered cookies total and. And with some of our new equipment, we've purchased to do nine thousand cookies in a day, so it really allowed us to ramp up our scale and not be able to really produce at a level we needed to for these larger companies, and so at this point, where you basically focusing the entire business on on scale production and sending stuff out, or would you still serving foot traffic and and focusing on having a retail shop as well? Yeah a big thing we want to do is really wanted to dominate the C. N. Y. Market. We wanted to be central. New York's chocolate company. So when you thought of chocolate gift you wanted. We wanted you to think of chocolate. We really did a large outreach. Going to a lot of different local shows in different promotions in working with different schools and companies just will be could really kind of put our brandon if you're thinking central..

brandon New York
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

18:16 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"It. They enjoy it. They really like it. And then we work out a deal. Where listen just give us. Give us a trial or we'll pay for ten stores to be fully supplied with product can show you that this product sells so we'll take on that cost of pay. We'll give out samples ten years stores, but if the product sells you see success, let's roll it out to your other stores, so just kind of a back and forth Give us a try where local up and coming company, but we really have good good vision for what we WANNA. Do we have good product and we have a kind of a fun name that we can play off of. Let's what we can do with your stores and it started with. With fifteen hospital gift shops, and then it went to their three hundred, then same for hallmark. We started with fries. We did a test of maybe twelve stores sold out pretty quickly, and then we just continued to roll it out to nationwide. That's awesome, and and I'll tell you. Carol is probably thinking this, not saying it, but it's so five a little bit jealous. Louis left the corporate world in two thousand eight, and we were looking for a business to start. We ended up in real estate, but my big idea at the time was to start a gourmet chocolate shop, and it's always been a passion of mine so so. It's nice to see somebody that actually executed on my passion. I'm a little bit jealous, very cool very cool. I am very envious of your situation riot. It's very well. In very very cool and. On a side note. And loving the fact that you have this amazing product where your plan for scaling was to say simply because I don't want to minimize it, but because of the product was to send samples to people that is I, mean that in and of itself it just it shows the viability of your product in. That's a really fantastic thing very cool, so it is. Very cool so okay. It sounds like let's I wanNA. Take a little bit of a step back, so you? There was a small chocolate shop. It was called. What was the original name of it before you became chocolate pizza dot? COM WASN'T A..

Carol Louis
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

08:28 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"What year was this was two thousand ten, okay? Yeah so twenty one years old. That was a going into that summer. My senior year and we negotiated a deal where I bought chocolate pizza from her. So from there we were just kind of often running..

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

08:15 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"Ryan Novak onto the show. How You Doing Today Ryan? Thank you very much for having me today. Thank you so much for being here, so Ryan got to tell you Jay. Are already huge super fans even before this interview right so we have a lot of amazing listeners on this show and everyone will not everyone, but lots of people send us amazing little, thank Yous, and all kinds of gifts, and so on, and so forth and I don't know about their six weeks ago. We got a new gift we had never seen before. It was something from your company. Chocolate pizza and we are huge fans already and listeners ago. Let you know we're going to talk a lot. Lot more about Ryan's amazing product, but we started digging into Ryan Story and just said we have got to have. This man is a guest on our show, so we love what he's got to say, and we are confident listeners that you will too so Ryan. Thanks again for being here with us so would before we jump in to the back story. Can you give us just a quick overview to kind of set the stage for everybody? What is chocolate pizza right now? What is your company? So chocolate pizza chocolate pizza itself is a gourmet chocolate that we blended English toffee into it, and then top it with a variety of different candies anywhere from gems, peanut butter cups, drumstick stuff we do. We do carmo nuts just a wide variety. We offer about fifty different varieties of chocolate pizza, so for product is itself. That's kind of our main stable item. Is Chocolate Pizza just a gourmet gift? That's fun to give its unique to give an just kind of something that. That people never seen before so when they get a chocolate pizza. They're wild by it totally very cool. So where did talk the pizza? Come from? I'd love to learn all about what is your back story and getting to where you are with chocolate pizza? What was your world before? TACO PIZZA was part of riot Novak's life..

Ryan Novak TACO PIZZA Yous Jay
"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

BiggerPockets Business Podcast

04:17 min | 11 months ago

"chocolate company" Discussed on BiggerPockets Business Podcast

"Don't forget to check out our show notes at bigger pockets dot com slash Biz show if t nine. That's bigger pockets dot com slash Biz show fifty nine. Now before we jump into our discussion with Ryan, Novak. Let's hear a quick word from our awesome sponsor. For the last several months so many my investor and entrepreneur friends have been absolutely raving about masterclass I, finally checked it out and to be honest I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to do it. masterclass gives you exclusive access to online classes taught by some of the most accomplished people on the planet. For example you can learn poker directly from bracelet winners. Daniel Niagara New and Phil Ivey. You can learn magic directly from Penn and teller, and if you're into..

Phil Ivey Daniel Niagara New Novak teller Ryan Penn
Make the Planet Your Valentine (Chocolate, Jewelry + More)

Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

04:08 min | 1 year ago

Make the Planet Your Valentine (Chocolate, Jewelry + More)

"Hey Liza how's it going. Are you happy weekend and Yeah Day. It is almost Valentine's said husband's prepared Like no not at all. Oh man you know. My husband was a decent job in terms of that but I mean he and I are very much or very millennial like we very much like to spend money on experiences and all that type of thing so he'll occasionally get me flowers We try not to make a big deal out of it but I think really one of the reasons why we wanted to get this episode out. There was because we just keep having more and more questions. I mean as this podcast uncast grows which were so thankful for We get new questions in our inbox in our instagram. DM's every day and a heat. People have a lot of questions around around how to make sure they. Are you know participating in holidays like they normally do because they love to their loved ones expected but they also want to make sure or that they are doing right by the planet so where I think. Valentine's Day is a great way to get in there. Yeah so my favorite stats as usual. Valentine's nine days actually pretty be. I didn't realize how bigoted in terms of consumer spending last year In the US alone with spend over twenty billion dollars on Valentine's on stage and this is actually expected to grow to twenty seven billion dollars thirty thirty two percent growth. It's huge and on average consumers fighting to spend spend almost two hundred dollars one hundred ninety six dollars per person huge right after lot. That is for sure. So that's that's how important this episode. So hopefully you have to do just starting to think that's okay and we got you. This packed with actionable steps for you in terms the Paul. You can make a Valentine's Day just more along the lines of people asking US questions. We had one of our brightly scouts. Laura Beyeler who who actually asked us a few questions about chocolate because they need chocolate is something that people know to kind of expect and love and Valentine's Day and If you're not familiar with brightly scouts it's it's actually our ambassador program the only have for brightly echo. You can join listeners. If you're interested We gather a group of like minded change makers together. Are We have a slack. Channel where people are networking. They're finding new. Friends are fine on partners for different objects will yeah exists so fine and of course yes we. For in honor of participation we give people access to free products and events all sorts of fun things so it definitely Ah Yeah mentorship calls as well so yeah check it out and but any even if you're not our scout member give us a shout out you can record a voice message and ask US questions. Do I have a question for you today. About Chocolate I know that many big chocolate companies like Percy's Mars and camp worry have promised for close to twenty years now to in child labor and Dan to be more sustainable practices to make all of these positive changes really to no avail So I just think about that during holidays survey consumerism driven Like Valentine's Day where these companies make billions of dollars and I know that are spending as consumers immersed goes a long way but with something like chocolate that feels like such a commodity in America. Sometimes it feels like a losing battle So I guess my the question is what positive changes if any have these bigger. Chocolate companies made either in their Sustainability stain ability or in there just more main practices child labor etcetera And other than where we choose to buy and how we choose to the by. What can consumers do to make positive changes not just on Valentine's Day but beyond when it comes to chocolate

Valentine United States Laura Beyeler Percy Paul America DAN
Deutsche Bank's U.S. ops deemed "troubled" by Fed a year ago: WSJ

The Jim Rome Show M

01:22 min | 3 years ago

Deutsche Bank's U.S. ops deemed "troubled" by Fed a year ago: WSJ

"Money now the federal reserve has designated deutchebanks sprawling us operations in troubled condition the censure is not new it took place about a year ago but has only just now being made public the feds downgrade has influenced moves by the bank to reduce risk taking in certain areas and a means the bank has had to clear decisions about certain hiring and firing with fed overseers deutsche bank shares are down seven percent the broader market is mostly lower the dow jones industrial average is down one hundred ninety six points the nasdaq composite is up twelve points the sp five hundred is down eight swiss chocolate maker berry calabro was petitioning the food and drug administration for permission to sell its newly created ruby chocolate in the us since ruby chocolate does not fit the fda's current definition of chocolate company cannot sell it here in the states it's already called cia chocolate overseas in the sold in other countries that's your money now if this were just any door we're just any ignition connected to just any transmission and just any vehicle the perhaps it would be okay to buy from just anyone but this is not just any it's a certified preowned mercedesbenz every detail has been inspected and road tested by highly skilled mercedesbenz.

United States FDA Deutsche Bank CIA Seven Percent