Fudge And Web – New Developments And Expansion For Sarah Bunton
It’s been a busy few months here at Sarah Bunton’s Luxury chocolates, but then it always is! Our website is now live, and you can shop online there from our entire selection of high quality confectionery. We’ve also kicked our social media efforts up a gear, with a recent prize draw on our facebook page gaining an excellent reception, so keep an eye on us on facebook and twitter (@sbuntonchocs) for more news and giveaways! On a related note, our Chocolate Fountain hire service has recently had a new website built, which you can find at www.chocolatemaid.wordpress.com!
We’re also pleased to announce we’re developing a range of luxury Welsh Dairy Fudge! Over the past few weeks the kitchen here has been full of myriad intoxicating scents – sugary, creamy fudge, delicate almond, chocolate, vanilla and rum, to mention but a few. Our fudge chef Gill has been working tirelessly to create a range of gorgeous fudges, and she’s really done us proud!
The product is still in the development stage, but so far reception has been very promising, including interest from a major retailer in Japan! We’re all pretty excited to break this new ground and hope to get our delicious fudge out for sale in the next month or so, with plans that it should be on show in the Welsh food Hall at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show this July!
Business Blooming For Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates
It’s been a demanding few months at Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates, with loads of big things going on! From inventing new award winning flavours, to securing a huge order with wholefood distributor SUMA, Sarah says that it has been frantic.
They’ve been busy developing exciting new flavours, which has paid off as they’ve added a further two Great Taste awards to their collection and been nominated for a second True Taste award! Look out for: Christmas pudding truffles, blueberry burst, white chocolate and the new cambrian honey milk chocolate along with earl grey, a milk chocolate shell filled with a subtle and enticing bergamot cream, a True Taste nominee.
Partridges of Sloane Square, London so loved Sarah’s chocolate that they commissioned her to do a range based around the classic flavours and scents of the Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flowers range, available in-store and online from Partridges, features classic British floral flavours such as rose, violet and orange blossom. A huge order was also secured through Partridges to ship chocolates to Japan.
Their new website will be available in time for your Christmas shopping, or visit their tradestand at:
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Craft Fair: Now through to January ’13.
Coed-y-Dinas Christmas Fair: 17th & 18th November
Royal Welsh Winter Fair: 26th & 27th November
Broughton Park Christmas Fair: 28th November to 2nd December
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Christmas Food Fair: 29th November
Hays Christmas Market, Cardiff: 2nd December – 23rd December
Rose, Violet and Christmas Pudding Truffles From Chocolatier Sarah Bunton
Award winning Welsh chocolatier Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates has added new Christmas Pudding Truffles to its range of luxury chocolates this season. The detailed handmade truffles are filled with a brandy cream and vine fruits, making a perfect seasonal treat. The Truffles are available in boxes of twelve and have an RRP of £9.25. Also new to the Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolate range this winter are Rose and Violet Cream filled Truffles (RRP £9.25) and snack sized Tetra Boxes filled with a range of chocolate and yoghurt coated bite sized treats (RRP £3.50).
Siocled Moethus Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates produces luxury, award winning chocolates, with pride and passion. Hand-made above our tearoom and gift shop in Devil’s Bridge. Ideal for gifts or any occasion. Trade enquiries also welcome.
Chocolatier Sarah Bunton Tastes Success With Chelsea Flower Commission
Award-winning luxury chocolates made by a young entrepreneur in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales are going down a storm with customers across the UK and are soon to excite tastebuds in Japan.
Business management graduate Sarah Bunton, 25, launched her own business, Sarah Bunton Luxury Chocolates, above the family cafe and gift shop in the village of Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth three years ago.
Following an event in London, where she met buyers from the capital’s major food halls, Sarah was invited to a St David’s Day tasting event in the famous Partridges family food store in Knightsbridge, which has led to a string of exciting orders.
She was commissioned to create a Chelsea Flowers Chocolates selection, as the store is near to Chelsea Flower Show. Inspired by London gardens, the chocolates are flavoured with lemon blossom, rose, orange blossom, lavender and honey and are attractively displayed with pink and orange foil wrap on the top layer in homage to the beautiful and colourful flowers on display at the show.
Each box contains 15 individual chocolates and retails at £7.95. Sarah attended a couple of in-store tasting days to meet with customers and offer them a chance to taste before buying.
She is now in the process of developing a new selection of Chelsea Flowers Chocolates and is preparing another order, which will be exported by Partridges to Japan.
In addition, she has developed four different flavoured ChocShots, which are added to hot milk to create a delicious chocolate drink. The ChocShots – available in fudge, marshmallow, orange and mint – have been a roaring success since being launched at Food and Drink Expo in Birmingham.
She and her parents, Mervyn and Anne, recently met HRH Prince of Wales during his visit to the Cambrian Mountains Initiative in Tregaron and took the opportunity to present him with a box of luxury chocolates.
She’s so busy with orders that she’s taken on two part-time and one full time member of staff, doubling her workforce to six. Two of the new staff were recruited through the Jobs Growth Wales programme.
She now has customers in most areas of the UK and the business will be launching a new website this autumn to boost online sales in time for Christmas.
Sarah, who has won Wales the True Taste awards and gold stars in the Great Taste Awards, confessed: “I didn’t think the business would come this far in such a short time and we’re running well ahead of my original projections. It’s exciting as orders have really taken off, forcing me to take on three extra staff.”
Sarah is grateful for the marketing advice she is receiving from the Wales the True Taste mentoring programme, which is supported by the Welsh Government. The programme is designed to help Welsh speciality food and drink businesses develop the UK market.
“The business wouldn’t be where it is now without the excellent support of the Wales the True Taste mentoring programme,” she said. “Their support has enabled me to attend the big shows and given me lots of opportunities, which may otherwise not have been open to me.
Using best quality couverture Belgian chocolate with added local cream, natural, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and no additives, Sarah offers a variety of selections for all occasions.
She also makes a range of colourful chocolate bars, combining the flavours and textures of fruit, nuts and everyday confectionery with her fine chocolate. Welsh food distributor Castell Howell stocks the full range of Sarah Bunton products.
Sarah Bunton Chocolates Are Part Of Global Entrepreneurship Week
Entrepreneurs Anne Bunton and her daughter Sarah, of Sarah Bunton Chocolates were part of the global launch of Entrepreneurship Week at Cardiff’s Christmas craft cabins.
Business minister Edwina Hart and the Welsh Government has secured five cabins to enable twenty four businesses and social enterprises from throughout Wales to showcase their products and services on a rota system over a ten day period.
The small family business based at the family’s bistro in Devil’s Bridge, near Aberystwyth, make luxury handmade chocolates that have won a number of awards.
Sarah Bunton Chocolates has received business support for business planning, funding application, Total Food Marketing mentoring and continuous support from the Regional Centre Service in Aberystwyth and Food Centre Wales in Horeb.
All the enterprises taking part have benefited from Welsh Government support. The aim is to promote entrepreneurship in Wales, encourage people of all ages to pursue their business ideas and raise awareness of the help and support available for start-ups in Wales.