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6th Annual Chocolate Conference



HB Ingredients will be co-sponsoring, with the Home Chocolate Factory, the 6th Annual Chocolate Conference, to be held at Westminster Kingsway College, on 12th July.

At this year's premier networking event for artisan chocolatiers, we have some excellent speakers including:

  • Damian Allsop Damian has re-invented chocolate as we know it, using water to unlock the true flavour of chocolate.
    By removing the cream and butter used by all other chocolatiers and pastry chefs, he has created the best tasting chocolates, giving a purer, lighter and fresh tasting chocolate that is unlike any other.
  • Mark Grant Business consultant. Mark spent 29 years in retailing and manufacturing with blue-chip and niche companies in the UK and USA, including Marks & Spencer, Moss Bros Group and Brooks Brothers, picking up an MBA with distinction in 2000.  He has a long track record of building teams and improving processes, resulting in greater efficiency, increased profit generation and improved team engagement.
  • David Brealey - Thirteen years at Thorntons PLC in manufacturing and New Product Development and more recently Technical Sales with HB Ingredients.
  • Giles Spied Westminster Trading Standards.
  • Miguel Escurell - The Escurell family has been in the patisserie business for 100 years, but ten years ago, the two brothers, Marc and Miguel, branched out into chocolate, employed top graphic artists to design their packaging and unveiled some novel ideas. These include chocolate candles, a CD for chocolate lovers and a range of funkily wrapped bars flavoured with Jamaican pimento, tiramisu, green tea, lemon verbena, yoghurt and raspberry.
  • Fritz Knipschildt - On the short list of America's great chocolatiers, Fritz Knipschildt uses unusual shapes, strong flavour combinations, and exquisite packaging to create a different and highly enjoyable chocolate aesthetics. Probably the most intriguing product that Knipschildt Chocolatier sells is its famed $250 dark chocolate truffle. Knipschildt recently expanded his chocolate success by opening Chocopologie, a new concept cafe and retail store.

The conference will also include an informal networking event the night before and this year we will be organising an improved mutual 'blind' chocolate tasting session to enable you to have your chocolates tasted  by your fellow chocolatiers.

Don't miss this superb opportunity to be inspired.

Tickets cost £135 + VAT per person (£158.63 inc VAT) and are inclusive of lunch & refreshments and the pre-conference network event.


Additional colleagues from the same company can attend at a reduced rate of £100 per person (£117.50 inc VAT). To take advantage of this offer, you can book tickets for colleagues here:

Please note that this rate only applies where one booking at the full rate has been received.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW by clicking here, or call Sally on 020 8450 1523


We have negotiated special rates at the The Grange Rochester Hotel, 69 Vincent Square, London

  • Single room @ 60.00GBP(Sunday)
  • Double/Twin room  @ 70.00GBP(Sunday)

    Please note:
    • Please be advised that this is an offer only, no rooms are held at present.
    • The rates are per room per night,  exclusive of VAT (as applicable) and inclusive of continental breakfast.
    • It is necessary for all reservations to be confirmed in writing and guaranteed with a valid credit card number.

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