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OBI member Chocolat-e has been named one of 50 America’s Retail Champions by the National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for the nation’s 4.6 million retail establishments. The America’s Retail Champion program, “celebrates small retailers who are exceptional advocates for retail and the communities they serve,” according to the NRF.

Sandy-based Chocolat-e was cofounded by French-born Jeanyves Verdu, who couldn’t find chocolate he liked after moving to Oregon in 2018. He assembled a group of investors and food and community experts to solve the problem, and Chocolat-e was born in 2019. The company’s innovative model presents chocolate as a tasting experience. Its best-selling product, the Discovery Box, contains six single chocolate origins, each sourced from one cocoa farm. The chocolates are meant to be savored slowly and compared.

Jeanyves, cofounder Norm Rice and the rest of the 2024 America’s Retail Champions will be recognized July 25 at the NRF’s Retail Advocates Summit in Washington, D.C.

OBI is the Oregon affiliate of the National Retail Federation.

Read Chocolat-e’s press release here, and follow the link below to read OBI’s profile of the company.