World's Finest Chocolate

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World's Finest Chocolate
Private
Founded1939
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois, U.S.
ProductsChocolate
Websitewww.worldsfinestchocolate.com Edit this at Wikidata

World's Finest Chocolate is a chocolate company based in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

The company has sold more than 5 billion chocolate bars, their best-known product.[2] They manufacture chocolate "from bean to bar", and source cocoa beans from their own cocoa farm in St. Lucia.[2] They also own Queen Anne, a brand of cordial cherries.

The core of the company's business is bulk sales for school fundraisers and corporate gifts,[1] and it is one of the largest suppliers of this market segment.[1]

History[edit]

The company was founded by Edmond Opler Sr. in around 1939 under the name Cook Chocolate Company. He started the division that produced chocolate bars for fundraising in 1949, and called it "World's Finest Chocolate". In 1972, the company's name was changed to "World's Finest Chocolate". Opler's son, Edmond Jr., has run the company since Edmond Sr. retired in 1988.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schmeltzer, John (February 7, 2006). "Chocolate firm breaks mold ; World's Finest expands into retail". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 20, 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Plunkett, Jack W. (2008). Plunkett's Food Industry Almanac. Pluncket Research, Ltd. Retrieved May 20, 2012. ISBN 1593924496
  3. ^ Teresa Jimenez, "Edmond Opler Sr., Candymaker" (obituary), Chicago Tribute, August 30, 1995 full text

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