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Seattle Chocolate Company Celebrates Millionth Serving Donated to Local Food Bank Partners

Taste Good, Do Good: jcoco Chocolate Sales Drive 1 Million Food Servings for Hungry Americans

Seattle Chocolate Company celebrates major giving milestone, donating more than one million servings of fresh food to local communities

Seattle – August 1, 2016 – Today, Seattle Chocolate Company announced a historic milestone in the fight against hunger in America, having donated more than one million fresh food servings to communities across the country. Since the launch of the jcoco chocolate line, every retail store and online purchase of a jcoco bar has helped deliver a serving of food to local food banks, including Food Bank for New York City, Greater Boston Food Bank, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and Northwest Harvest in Seattle.

“When we created the jcoco brand, giving back to local American communities was – and still is – at the heart of the brand’s mission,” said Seattle Chocolate Company owner and CEO Jean (the “j” in jcoco) Thompson. “We’ve been very fortunate to have amazing food bank partners coast to coast, and sincerely thank everyone who has purchased jcoco bars and participated in #chocolategives to help give back and fight hunger in America. Of course, we’re not stopping here, and we’re already setting our sights on reaching ten million servings donated!”

In an effort to further raise awareness for food instability in America, the company also hosts an annual #chocolategives campaign during the holiday months when food bank demand is the greatest. This season’s campaign extends the fresh food donation to include purchases of the Seattle Chocolates new “Comfort & Joy” truffle bar holiday line during November and December, offering true “gifts that give back.” Additional food serving donations are also made for each use of #chocolategives on social media channels during the holiday season.

In 2014, 48 million Americans lived in food insecure households. Seattle Chocolate Company created a video, available at http://www.seattlechocolates.com, to showcase its commitment to helping hungry Americans, in association with its food bank partners across the country. “We depend greatly on generous partners like Seattle Chocolate Company, who both donate and help raise awareness, through campaigns like chocolate gives,” said Margarette Purvis, CEO of the Food Bank for New York City. “We are thrilled to collaborate with them.”

jcoco chocolates are curated with meticulous attention to every detail – from the globally sourced inclusions in each bar to the vibrant shades and velvety texture of the exterior packaging. The line incorporates intriguing ingredients to create distinctive flavors that complement the extraordinary chocolate, and is available in the following varieties: NEW bali sea salt toffee, vanuatu coconut pecan, black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, agave quinoa sesame, sea salt toffee (in perfectly proportioned 1oz. servings), noble dark (featuring the finest Belgian 72-percent cacao couverture dark chocolate) and cayenne veracruz orange.

Earlier this year, the company also launched a new, waste-free chocolate bar infused with CoffeeFlour®, the nutrient-dense super-ingredient made from dried coffee cherry pulp and ground coffee beans - jcoco arabica cherry espresso in dark chocolate. To learn more about Seattle Chocolates and jcoco, along with the brand’s dedication to fighting hunger in America, please visit www.seattlechocolates.com and www.jcocochocolate.com.

Editor’s Note: Additional details on the company, as well as product samples, are available upon request. Please contact Serina Hall at serina@duopr.com.