We’re Kernow Chocolate, a chocolate manufacturer near Padstow now stocked in 40 Co-op stores across Cornwall. Co-op’s supporting local suppliers with their Small Business Charter, and we’re one of them.

We’re family-run and make all of our small batch chocolate in St. Eval by hand.

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It all started in 2005 when we set about making a range of products to sell in our Cornish food & drink shop, ‘Kernow Harvest’ which was based in Wadebridge before it closed in 2012. My wife Jayne and I went into business with our daughter Nicola and her husband Andy, who had both recently moved back to Cornwall having given up life in the city. The business grew again when our son Philip and his partner Vicki returned from working in Australia to join us in 2006.

We started selling our chocolate alongside fudge which was made by our close friends Buttermilk Confections, at farmers’ markets and local food & drink shows. We picked up accounts with local farm shops and deli’s along the way. In 2007 we introduced bespoke branded bar wrappers to sell into local attractions in Cornwall.

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Now, fast forward to 2017 and we’re supplying Co-op too. Being stocked by Co-op is very exciting news, we’re absolutely delighted. To reach more local communities is a great opportunity to build awareness of our brand and open up new markets for our business across the region.

Alex Shapland
Managing Director, Kernow Chocolate

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  1. This is great news!
    Would love to see The Co-operative doing more of this.

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  2. Well done hard work and the family made it work. I am a chocaholic so will try it if it gets to Yorkshire x

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  3. HI THERE IT IS GOOD TO SEE THE COOP STOCKING LOCALLY PRODUCED PRODUCTS HOWEVER TWO YEARS AGO I TRYED TO PERSAUDE THE COOP TO TO STOCK FARMHOUSE BISCUITS WHICH ARE MADE IN LANCASHIRE BY A FAMILY FIRM , PERHAPS NOW IS THE TIME TO LOOK AGAIN FARMHOUSE BISCUITS LTD BROOK STREET MILL BROOK STREET NELSON BB9 9PX BEST WISHES

    On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 7:01 AM, The Co-op Blogs wrote:

    > Co-op posted: “We’re Kernow Chocolate, a chocolate manufacturer near > Padstow now stocked in 40 Co-op stores across Cornwall. Co-op’s supporting > local suppliers with their Small Business Charter, and we’re one of them. > We’re family-run and make all of our small batch ch” >

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    • Hi Philip, if you are a Co-op member you can suggest local producer for our buyers to look at working with through your membership account. Be sure to log in online and share your thoughts directly with our buyers. ^Catherine

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