Congratulations to Barry Johnson and his team from Rococo Chocolates

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Barry’s incredible chocolate sculpture inspired by The Lion King.

Everyone at Rococo Chocolates are delighted for Barry Johnson (Rococo’s principal chocolatier) and his team, Martin Chiffers and Nicolas Belorgey, who won the European Pastry Cup 2014 on Sunday. We wish them well for the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (pastry world cup) 2015 which takes place at SIRHA in Lyon next January.  www.rococochocolates.com

Note to Editors.

Barry perfected his trade at The Dorchester Collections, Coworth Park, a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant where he was chocolatier. He was also Head Pastry chef at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and earlier in his career worked for Raymond Blanc and Harrods.  He has been Rococo’s principal Chocolatier since January 2012.

Your Secret Message Hidden in a Chocolate Heart

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The talented team at Rococo chocolates have come up with the novel idea of putting a message in a sealed envelope inside a hand painted chocolate heart.

Now you can not only surprise your Valentine with a beautifully decorated heart, you can also put a special message inside. Rococo staff will handwrite it in calligraphy font and fold it using bespoke origami, it will be written on a heart shaped note and folded into a sealed envelope. What you write is up to you!

The hollow heart complete with message will retail at £9.50 and will be available at the Rococo Shops in London from 24 January until 15th February (Limited edition)

Happy Valentines

www.rococochocolates.com

Louis Poulsen Launches Toldbod 120 Duo

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Louis Poulsen is launching a range of completely new and different colour combinations in the popular range of Toldbod 120 pendants.

The new colour combinations are: a light green exterior with a bronze interior; a dark grey exterior with a turquoise interior; a light grey exterior with a soft coral interior and finally, a white exterior with a fresh green interior. All the colours feature a silk matt surface, which makes them easy to maintain. These two-tone versions of Toldbod 120 have been named Toldbod 120 Duo.

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Halogen light sources can be used in the lamps, which will help enhance the colour on the inside for an even more natural and effective appearance. The minimalist design of the Toldbod 120 pendant makes it fit in perfectly almost anywhere in the house and It look great hung on its own or in a cluster. You can choose to mix the colours or to stick with a single version

The Toldbod 120 pendant is made of cast aluminium and a product variation from a large family of light fittings. The Toldbod family also features two large versions in hand-blown, opal glass: the Toldbod 155 and Toldbod 220 models.

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The Toldbod 120 Duo retails at £180.00 including VAT, and can be used with light sources from energy classes A–D. The Toldbod 120 Duo will be available from 1 February.

www.louispoulsen.com

Be My Valentine

302250Valentines is all about love, about sharing your favourite things with the one you love. Rococo Chocolates has selected chocolates in a heart shaped box that will appeal to both the masculine and the feminine taste.

There are nine chocolates in the box four for him and four for her, plus one to share. Enjoy Romantic Valentines.

For Him:
Grenadian Islay Single Malt Ganache
Salted Toffee and Crunchy Praline
Madagascan House Truffle
Madagascan Red Berry Ganache

For Her:
Popping Champagne Ganache
Rose and Cocoa Nib Ganache
Orange, Mango and Passion fruit
Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel

To share:  Cardamom and Saffron Ganache (how you share eating it is up to you!)

Retails at £18.95

www.rococochocolates.com

Some Like It Hot – on a chilly winter evening

Organic Drinking Chocolate CroppedRococo’s award winning organic drinking chocolate now comes in a beautiful tin decorated with the famous blue and white chocolate moulds. The tin can be used again and again.

Rococo’s Academy of Chocolate award-winning 70% hot chocolate is rich and intense, containing only organic dark chocolate, flaked and mixed with a little extra cocoa powder. The distinguished Rococo drum retails at £12.50 and contains 250g/8.8 oz. When that is all used up you can refill it with an organic drinking chocolate bag which retails at £8.00.

Start making your hot chocolate by pouring a very small amount of very hot water onto the hot chocolate in a mug. This step is important as Rococo does not add any chemicals to make their chocolate dissolve, and creating a smooth paste now will give you a perfect hot chocolate. Then it is up to you how you make it, with little hot milk espresso style, with a lot of hot milk like a latte or go the whole hog and top it with cream. Go on spoil yourself.

And if you are out and about on a cold day you can pop into one of the Rococo shops and refresh yourself with one made there.

www.rococochocolates.com

CARL HANSEN & SON EXPANDS WITH NEW FACTORY – 7,500-square-meter production unit ready for Danish furniture production

CHS_fabrik2Carl Hansen & Son has acquired a new production unit in Gelsted on Funen, Denmark, in response to capacity shortages at its existing facility due to growing demand. To prepare for future expansions, the furniture manufacturer has also recently purchased a business plot next to its existing factory. These latest investments further reinforce Carl Hansen & Son’s vision of keeping production in Denmark.

Carl Hansen & Son has just acquired a factory in Gelsted on Funen, Denmark, with a production area of 7,500 square meters which will soon house part of its operations. Located some seven miles from the existing factory in Aarup, the furniture manufacturer’s new production unit is the former Velux window factory. The factory is now operational, and initially 15-20 employees will move in, with more joining gradually over the winter.

Carl Hansen & Son is seeing a marked increase in demand from several markets, leading to a pressing need to expand its production. The existing facilities are too cramped to meet requirements until the construction of a new extension in Aarup is complete. The company therefore decided to invest in a new factory close by to be able to meet market demands.

Acquiring the new factory is part of our expansion strategy and will provide us with the space and production facilities which are not available at our existing factory in Aarup on west Funen. The factory expansion is in line with our vision of keeping production in Denmark. Danish craftsmanship traditions and Danish design of the highest quality will safeguard the business expansion,” says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son. 

The increase in production capacity via the new acquisition follows from Carl Hansen & Son’s recently announced purchase of a 55,000-square-meter business plot next to the existing factory of 6,000 square meters, the plan being to construct a production hall on a similar scale as the present facilities. With the business plot, the present factory in Aarup is geared for future expansions.CHS_fabrik1

Work on renovating and preparing the factory in Gelsted has now started, and production is expected to commence during the next couple of months. As soon as new machines are delivered to the new production facility, production of the larger chairs and tables with slightly longer production times will be transferred to Gelsted.

“This will free up space at the factory in Aarup, so the popular chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner, Ole Wanscher, Thomas Kastholm and others can pass more smoothly through production. Dining tables take up a lot of space, and, not surprisingly, six to ten chairs are normally sold for each table produced. The production throughput time for the tables is therefore considerably longer than that for the chairs, and the tables have tended to cause bottlenecks at the factory in Aarup,” says Knud Erik Hansen. He continues: “The same is true for the large armchairs, Wing Chair, Oculus and Heritage, as well as the sofas, which all have very complex beechwood frames beneath the upholstery. These pieces of furniture also take a long time to finish in the production run, so they are being moved to the new facilities in Gelsted.”

As sales are booming, all employees will be needed, and it is expected that the company will expand its workforce with both skilled and unskilled workers once the buildings in Gelsted are ready for production. “This is, of course, a very positive situation for Carl Hansen & Son. The expansion of our factory facilities enables us to optimize our production processes and shift production into a higher gear so that we can meet demand as quickly and efficiently as possible and ensure that we have a prominent position on markets worldwide,” says Knud Erik Hansen.

ABOUT CARL HANSEN & SON Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. The world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner,  Carl Hansen & Son also produces designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others. The company has 170 employees. All Carl Hansen & Son furniture is produced in Denmark and sold all over the world Learn more at www.carlhansen.com

Valentine’s Hearts from Rococo with Love

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What could be more appropriate than giving your loved one a heart for Valentines, and one filled with chocolate from Rococo is sure to make your beloved feel very special and loved.

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Rococo hearts come in all sorts of sizes and guises from the large Rococo no. 5 box which is filled with 75 mixed chocolates and retails at £100.00

 

 

To the beautifully hand painted baby hearts (8 halves in a box) retailing at £11.95

There are larger painted hearts some filled with Ganaches, and smaller Rococo heart boxes, even a baby heart box filled with 3 truffles retailing at £10.00.1327859982-IMG_6134

And for just an extra £20.00 you can even have your own message painted on a chocolate heart if you order two weeks in advance.

Mail orders are beautifully packed with a handwritten gift card free of charge.

www.rococochocolates.com

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