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Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker Receives Two Good Food Awards

Vermont chocolate maker honored as one of best sustainable chocolate producers in U.S. 

JAN 17, 2014 :: BURLINGTON, VT – Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker has been named winner of two Good Food Awards, for its 70% Madagascar and 70% Madagascar Wild Pepper chocolate bars. Launched in 2012 by Eric Lampman, son of Lake Champlain Chocolates founder Jim Lampman, Blue Bandana is a bean-to-bar line built on principles of quality, transparency, and taste of place. The two bars were chosen by a panel of the country’s foremost chocolate experts for their exceptional taste, as well as for supporting sustainable agriculture and social good.

70% Madagascar Dark Chocolate Bar“Over the past four years, I have completely immersed myself in all things cocoa, from understanding origin to developing relationships with cocoa farmers and producing the final product,” says Lampman. “It is an honor to be recognized alongside some of the best chocolate makers in the country who are dedicated to making great chocolate and connecting with local producers.”

Of the over 1,000 entries that met the Good Food Awards’ criteria for demonstrating excellence in environmental and social responsibility, winners were recognized for pushing their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

“While it is rewarding to have these two bars recognized, I am most proud of the work we’ve done to establish and grow our direct farmer relationships,” says Lampman. “The opportunity to work with local producers to create fine flavor cocoa continues to grow, making this a very exciting time for chocolate makers.”

Blue Bandana’s 70% Madagascar Dark Chocolate Bar showcases the bright fruit flavors present in the cocoa grown on Madagascar’s Somia Plantation, while the more complex 70% Madagascar Wild Pepper Bar is complemented by wild voatsiperifery peppercorns, harvested by hand from the east coast of the island.

Winners of the 2014 Good Food Awards were announced in a 400-person ceremony at the San Francisco Ferry Building on January 16, 2014, to be followed by a Good Food Awards Marketplace on January 18. To purchase the bars, please visit Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker.

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Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker
Blue Bandana is an award-winning line of single-origin craft chocolate bars launched in 2012 by Eric Lampman, head of R&D at Lake Champlain Chocolates and son of founder Jim Lampman. Born from a desire to go deeper into the chocolate-making process, the microbatch chocolate bars are produced in Vermont using cocoa beans sourced directly from origin. Eric’s work with Blue Bandana involves forging one-on-one relationships with farmers at origin, reinvesting in communities through training and education, and sustaining a high level of quality from growers. His entire bean-to-bar production process can be seen by visitors to Lake Champlain Chocolates’ new culinary center, the South End Kitchen. Blue Bandana chocolate bars are available for purchase online at www.LakeChamplainChocolates.com.

Lake Champlain Chocolates
A pioneer in the American chocolate movement, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a family-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983, Jim Lampman declared he would create upscale American chocolates that would “rival the Belgians.” Over 30 years later, the Lampman family has done just that, by introducing European flavors and tastes using local, Vermont ingredients and by taking a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. This level of care and craft leads to chocolates that win high praise, year after year, from customers and industry experts alike. Lake Champlain Chocolates are handmade by people who are passionate about their work; products include chocolate bars, as well as the best-selling Five Star Bars, truffles, caramels, gift assortments and gourmet hot chocolate and are sold online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores, such as Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.

Good Food Awards
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. Now in its third year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in nine categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. The Good Food Awards Gold Seal marks the products of winners who have also obtained certified organic status while also leading in taste and social responsibility.

Seedling Projects
Seedling Projects, a California public benefit corporation, is led by Sarah Weiner and Dominic Phillips, who have united their diverse skills to support the sustainable food movement. Through focused events and strategic models, it engages the public in finding better ways to feed our communities. Find more information at www.seedlingprojects.org.