"I do wish more people had an appreciation for what an incredible labor of love goes into craft chocolate, and how this is not an industry for people who want to get rich."-Matt Caputo, CEO of Caputo's Market & Deli
Matt Caputo is a well-known name in the world of chocolate, having started the specialty chocolate portion of his family's shop back in 2002. Since then, their offerings have continued to expand, and oftentimes they're the ones turning down new chocolates. Between nearly two decades of craft chocolate sales, and an impressive repertoire of related marketing experience, Matt has become the go-to guy for anyone looking to start a craft chocolate company.
But what is it that gets him to buy into a new bar? From his office in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the U.S., we dive into the role of craft chocolate retailers, the economics of chocolate, and the tipping point that could make or break the craft chocolate industry. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
Note that the topic of buying & selling craft chocolate plays heavily in my questions thanks to the podcast episode for which I was interviewing Matt.
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Matt with his wife & kids.
Topics We Cover
- his family business & how he got into craft chocolate
- the role of chocolate retailers in growing the industry
- how they started their famous chocolate tasting workshops
- the tipping point for craft chocolate
- what fine chocolate could learn from other specialty food industries
- keeping consumers connected to the sources of their chocolate and grounded in the realities of what it takes to make a chocolate bar
Connect With Matt & Caputo's
Caputo's on Instagram.
Caputo's on Facebook.
Connect With Chocolate On The Road
On Instagram: @chocolateontheroad
On Facebook: @chocolateontheroad
Show music is Roadtrip by Phil Reavis, and our transition music is We’re Gonna Be Around by People Like Us & Sweet Dreams by Lobo Loco.
To listen to the previous episode, click here.