Birnn Chocolates of Vermont recognized as one of the confectioners raising the bar in candy making

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Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:48am -- Denise Sortor

Peter’s Chocolate, Cargill’s premium chocolate brand, is recognizing pioneering chocolatiers in the US who are making their mark on the confectionery and chocolate industry. Cargill selected 12 US candy businesses to be the first recipients of the Peter’s Chocolate Award of Distinction, who will be profiled in a collectible 2020 calendar, reaching thousands in the candy-making industry. Inspired by Daniel Peter, the Swiss chocolatier who invented milk chocolate in 1875, Cargill created the award for loyal Peter’s Chocolate users who are elevating the art of candy making. The calendar will be distributed to confectioners nationally and shared on PetersChocolate.com.

“We’re celebrating the accomplishments of these 12 confectioners whose passionate commitment to confectionery artistry is apparent in their inspiring use of flavors and ingredients and dedication to quality artisanship,” said Filip Buggenhout, managing director, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America. “These chocolatiers are truly at the forefront of our industry, inspiring us with their creativity, imagination and devotion to their craft.”

This year’s winners include Birnn Chocolates of Vermont. Charles Birnn began creating chocolate confections in 1915.  For over 30 years he delighted customers in Brooklyn, NY and central New Jersey.  When Charles’ son, Edward Birnn, joined the business, he opened 11 candy shops in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during the ‘50s and ‘60s.  In 1991, Jeff and his brother Bill Birnn, moved their truffle endeavor to Vermont to get closer to the dairy cows (and skiing!).  There, they changed the name to Birnn Chocolates of Vermont and began focusing exclusively on making truffles.

Jeff’s daughter, Julia, and her husband, Mel Fields, continued the family tradition and came into the business as full-time employees in 2010.  In 2016 the family business transitioned ownership to the fourth generation.  Julia and Mel are humbled by the opportunity to continue crafting truffles using the family’s 100-year-old recipes.

About Cargill

Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.

About Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business offers the food industry a wide range of both standard and customized cocoa and chocolate ingredients for use in delicious bakery, confectionery and dairy applications all over the world. The company’s product range includes high quality Peter’s® Chocolate, available in a variety of product forms for confectioners, bakers, ice cream makers and pastry chefs. With years of experience in technical food expertise, Cargill supports its customers in new recipes and new product development.

Cargill’s processing plants in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, the Netherlands, UK and the USA are in full compliance with the highest food safety standards.

To secure a good quality and sustainable supply of cocoa beans, Cargill has its own cocoa bean sourcing operations for buying, handling and exporting of cocoa beans in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. Presence in all the leading producing countries allows Cargill to oversee the supply chain from beans at origin to cocoa and chocolate products on its customers’ doorsteps. In addition, extensive market research and analysis proves to be a source of valuable information to customers.
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