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Academy of Chocolate Awards

Academy of Chocolate Awards

Zotter sweeps the board: 2 x gold, 8 x silver and 5 x bronze
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SUMAQAO - a private company that works organically and fair

SUMAQAO - a private company that works organically and fair

In 2010, the Swiss cocoa expert Stefan Block and the Peruvian Isreal Pisepsky founded the company SUMAQAO to buy cocoa in the Tocache region close to the blue mountains at the edge of the Amazon lowland. Until 2006, mainly coca has been cultivated in this region, but with the support from the United Nations, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and USAID, a switch to palm oil plantations, coffee and cocoa was achieved.
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Sonnentor - Visiting joy itself!

Sonnentor - Visiting joy itself!

Johannes Gutmann is the head of Sonnentor and his establishment in the northern Waldviertel sells organic teas, herbs and spices! 
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ZOTTER RANKS AMONGST THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD CLASS

ZOTTER RANKS AMONGST THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD CLASS

The chocolate world is in motion, which is why the chocolate tester Georg Bernardini has once again published a colossal standard work (919 pages) about the international chocolate market. The test included 550 brands and 4,000 products from 70 countries (by comparison, in 2012, the test included 271 brands, 2,700 products and 38 countries).
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Hemp, the Miracle Plant

Hemp, the Miracle Plant

A few days ago, Simone and I followed the tracks of the hemp through the Wein- and Waldviertel (wine and wooded regions). I took home a few bags of peeled hemp seeds and hemp tea from the HNV Hanfnuss company.
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Pumpkin Seeds from Estyria

Pumpkin Seeds from Estyria

Franz Seidl is someone really special! Deeply rooted and yet free, down-to-earth and very innovative - that's how to best describe the CEO of Estyria. His metier are pumpkin seeds - but of a quality that is hardly reached by others. He started out as a simple worker. Back then the company did not have pumpkin seed in its programme but specialised on maize cultivation.
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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Cape Coral, FL

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Cape Coral, FL

August 25th 2015 was the day when we had our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at our brand new store at 1020 NE Pine Island RD #302 in Cape Coral, Florida. 
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Aronia – the Miracle Berry from the New World

Aronia – the Miracle Berry from the New World

I love kingfishers! I can still remember the day I saw my very first kingfisher. I had just walked through Patagonia, the southernmost part of Chile, and had had nothing but rain for three weeks. In spite of the inhospitable weather, I had decided to take a 300-kilometre (200-mile) "detour" to see the 2,000-year-old alerce trees in Pumalin Park.
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Schnapps & Vinegar from Gölles in Riegersburg

Schnapps & Vinegar from Gölles in Riegersburg

My Crash from the Hammock, Vinegar and Schnappsby Gregor Sieböck It was dark already when I got off the train in Feldbach and my appointment at the Gölles Schnapps and Vinegar Artisan Workshop was not until the next morning. Where to sleep? I decided simply to start walking into the darkness. I had my hammock and sleeping bag on me, so I was prepared to spend the night under open skies if no better alternative presented itself. Surely I would be able to find two trees that were neither too close to each other nor too far apart.
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Honey from "Amplatz" in Styria

Honey from "Amplatz" in Styria

Where does chocolate get its sweetness? The next day Simone and I visited the first stop on the Zotter Round-the-World Tour: the Amplatz artisan honey workshop in Sinabelkirchen. Gerti and Siegfried Amplatz have been running an organic apiary and vegetable farm in Southern Styria for 23 years now. At first the locals did not take them seriously and their competitors who stuck to conventional farming practices tried to marginalise them economically – but the couple proved more resilient than expected. Both come from families of small-scale subsistence farmers. By the time they inherited one of the farms, they were already keeping 17 bee colonies as a hobby. 
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