Sustainability Snapshots Part 2: Brad Kintzer, TCHO Chocolate & Stephanie Benedetto, Queen of Raw | Summary and Q&A

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February 19, 2021
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Sustainability Snapshots Part 2: Brad Kintzer, TCHO Chocolate & Stephanie Benedetto, Queen of Raw

TL;DR

Two climate leaders, Brad Kinser and Stephanie Benedetto, share insights on incorporating sustainability into chocolate making and circular fashion.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How does CHO Chocolate innovate its chocolate making process?

CHO Chocolate explores different flavors by sourcing cocoa beans from various countries and focuses on improving cocoa genetics, fermentation, and roasting techniques.

Q: What are the challenges faced in cocoa farming and chocolate making?

Cocoa farming is a manual process, primarily done in West Africa, where labor is inexpensive. Challenges include lack of knowledge about chocolate among cocoa farmers and the need to adapt to climate change.

Q: How does Queen of Raw address supply chain waste in the fashion industry?

Queen of Raw provides a digital marketplace for buyers and sellers to trade unused textiles, reducing waste in the industry. Their software also helps businesses track and minimize waste in real-time.

Q: How does sustainability impact consumer preferences in the chocolate and fashion industries?

Consumers are increasingly conscious of sustainability and prefer brands that prioritize environmental responsibility. Both CHO Chocolate and Queen of Raw cater to this demand by offering sustainable products and solutions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Brad Kinser, the chief chocolate maker at CHO Chocolate in Berkeley, focuses on innovating every aspect of the chocolate making process, from cocoa genetics to product development.

  • Stephanie Benedetto, CEO of Queen of Raw, a marketplace for unused textiles, highlights the need to reduce waste in the fashion industry and offers a digital solution to connect buyers and sellers.

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