Community Collaborations: Q & A with Jody from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association

Community Collaborations: Q&A with Jody Hayden

Jody Hyden from Mimi and Jody Hayden at Grocer's Daughter Chocolate Jody Hayden looking at cacao drying

A growing number of fine chocolate companies are seeing the advantages of building partnerships with other specialty food companies in their communities. This can be particularly appealing and profitable in locations where consumers are interested to sample or try new combinations of specialty foods. We recently interviewed FCIA member Jody Hayden of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, who was featured in a recent FCIA webinar on this topic.

Can you tell us about the history of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate in Empire, Michigan? What type of products do you offer?

Jody Hayden: Grocer's Daughter Chocolate is a small family-owned specialty chocolate shop founded in 2004. Along with our brick and mortar shop in the small village of Empire, which accounts for 74% of our revenue, we have online and wholesale sales channels. Our hand rolled and molded bonbons drive our profitability as a business and they are also a great vehicle for ingredients from local business partners. We also make bars and bark, chocolate covered items, drinking chocolate (mix and by the cup), fudgesicles/shakes and this year we'll be expanding our frozen treat offerings into housemade gelato.

Read the entire piece here on the Fine Chocolate Industry Association blog.