To start the New Year off right, I interview Valerie Beck, one of the world’s leading experts on the business of -- chocolate. Seriously!
Through her business, Chocolate Uplift, Valerie serves as a consultant to craft chocolate makers all over the world. For many years before that, she was CEO of a tour company that offered “chocolate tours” of the many fascinating places where chocolate is made. (And, she’s a college classmate of mine.)
I invited her to the podcast both because she’s an energetic and inspirational speaker, and because her insights about the chocolate business raise important policy questions about what "ethical manufacturing" means in a fast-moving global marketplace. I hope you learn something interesting about craft chocolate, as well as the many tough decisions that farmers, manufacturers -- and consumers -- must confront in a global economy.