Valrhona Story

Valrhona is a manufacturer of French chocolate based in the small town of Tain LíHrmitage in Hermitage near Lyon. The company was founded by French pastry chef Monsieur Guironnet, from the Rhone valley of France. He opened La Chocolaterie du Vivarais, his first chocolate factory in 1922. In 1939 Messieurs Bourget and Gonnet brought Guironnetís chocolate factory on his death and renamed it Etablissements Gonnet, after Albert Gonnet, master confectioner and the companyís new director. He was quickly joined by his son-in-law, Louis Gelet and then by Guy de Loisy, son in law of Bourget. The company was renamed Gonnet-de Loisy after the death of Albert Gonnet. The trademark of Valrhona was first adopted at the beginning of the 1960ís. In 1975 Luois Gelet retired and Guy de Loisy is succeeded by his son, Oliver. However in 1984 Oliver would sell the company to a family-owned French group, that continues to run the company to this day.

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Valrhona French Chocolate Assortment

$4.95 - Valrhona Le Noir Ecorces D'Oranges - Comes with a perfect balance between fine dark chocolate and the fragrant sweetness of natural orange peel. Net weigh 3.5oz or 100g.

$4.95 - Valrhona Le Cafe Noir - Is well balanced between delicious dark chocolate with 100% pure Mocha coffee. Net weigh 3.5oz or 100g. Minimum order is 4.

$4.95 - Valrhona Le Noir - Has a blend of fragrant beans from the Caribbean and Indian Oceans' plantations. It's balanced taste comes from a light touch of acidity. Net weigh 3.5oz or 100g. Minimum order is 4.

$4.95 - Valrhona Le Noir Amer - Dark bittersweet chocolate is made from refined blends of selected cocoa beans, Trintarios and Griollos origins, enhancing their rich flavor and redwood colors. Net weigh 3.5oz or 100g.

$4.95 - Valrhona Le Noir Extra Amer - Dark bitter chocolate with 85% of the finest cocoa from Africa. It has a strong powerful taste with lingering intensity. Net wt is 3.5oz or 100g. Minimum order is 4.

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Valrhona was one of the first fine chocolate makers to penetrate the UK market with its high quality chocolate, aimed mostly at the professional culinary trade. Fine chocolate up until then was almost unheard of in the UK and certainly not readily available on the street. Today it is one of the leading producers of chocolate, with five subsidiaries and 60 local distributors across the globe. The company also maintains the Ecole du Grand Chocolat, a school for professional chefs, focusing on chocolate and pastries. Valrhona markets top-quality luxury chocolate marketed for professionals as well as private consumption. Although, they are considered one of the finest chocolates in the world, Valrhona is in the same price range as Godiva and Neuhaus. The product line includes confectionery chocolate, plain and flavored chocolate bars and bulk chocolate for professional culinary purposes.

Valrhona produces vintage (meaning made in a particular year) chocolate made from beans of a single yearís harvest from a specific plantation, primarily the Grand Crus which is grown in South America, the Oceania and the Caribbean. Currently there are three brands of vintage chocolate ĀEAmpamakia, Gran Couva and Palmira in production from plantations in Madagascar, Trinidad and Venezuela. Valrhona is part of the ethical trade association, a campaign committed to striking a balance between sustainable development and social responsiblility for plantation workers. Valrhona works hard to make sure itís plantation workers are not exploited and is committed to long term relationships with its producers. Valrhona also promotes ecologically sustainable practices. Valrhonas buying criteria is not economical. Their selection of suppliers is based on the quality of their production and long term commitments.

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