The 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Food/Beverage Processor of the Year, Small Firms

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WINNER

Seattle Chocolates

Seattle

Lots of companies make and sell chocolate confections, especially in Seattle, where people are mad for the stuff. How do you stand out in a crowded market like that?

For Seattle Chocolates, one not-so-secret ingredient is charitable activity combined with social media. The purchase price of every bar includes a food-bank donation — a practice that was augmented last year by the #chocolategives campaign to generate contributions.

But philanthropy doesn’t accomplish much without a solid financial base. Seattle Chocolates has reported year-over-year growth of more than 20 percent for three years running, with products going to more than 4,000 boutique customers as well as major retailers like Target and Costco. A 66 percent improvement in efficiency during the past four years has meant Seattle Chocolates achieved that growth while keeping employment level. 

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