Food technology

Artisanal chocolate factory opened in Haslingden by former food technology professor

A former professor of food technology has opened an artisanal chocolate factory.

Lynne Berbatiotis opened The Cocoa Boutique, which offers a variety of handmade Belgian chocolates, sweets and locally produced coffee, in Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire last month.

The chocolates are all produced on site in the boutique’s custom-equipped kitchen located at 121 Broadway.

A chocolate and sweets fanatic from a young age, Lynne baked cakes for family celebrations with her late mom, before pursuing her passion in school and college.

Lynne, who lives in Helmshore with her husband Nick and two children, said: “I have worked with and love food forever and knew in school that I was going to do something creative with it.

“I have always loved making sweets and desserts, and now the next chapter of my business, after attending many food markets and festivals, is to open my own store.

“I am so excited to show people around and look forward to meeting new and current clients! “

After graduating, Lynne embarked on a career in product development working in food manufacturing and retailing – at Asda’s headquarters in Leeds.

A few years later and after the birth of her son, Lynne turned to teaching secondary school students in Greater Manchester.

However, her original passion was too strong and she was forced to return to her first love for food development where she remained until March when she decided to open The Cocoa Boutique.

During the inauguration on November 25, members of the public were able to sample a range of handmade candies, truffles, squares of ganache and chocolate coated candies and lollipops.

The shop has also partnered with another local business, Mini & Mighty, who will serve their locally produced coffee to buy.

For more information on The Cocoa Boutique, visit: www.thecocoaboutique.co.uk/shop