26 April 2021
Success stories: Jonathan Chapman (Raw Halo)
Updated: 21 July 2021
The story of Jonathan Chapman and his partner Meg Haggar is an impressive one. The two young entrepreneurs have stormed the chocolate world with their organic raw chocolate made from ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients. Curious about the story behind Raw Halo?
It all began in 2012 when Meg was unable to find any chocolate suitable for her vegan diet. This provided the stimulus for Meg to start making quality vegan chocolate herself from her own kitchen. Meg’s chocolate was a great success and Raw Halo was born. It very quickly became apparent that an extra pair of hands was needed and so her partner Jonathan joined her. Two years later the ‘power couple’ founded Raw Halo. Since then things have moved quickly ...
The production and packaging of the chocolate is now fully contracted out to DZB Leiden, a reintegration company in the Netherlands. Every year more than 1 million bars are produced and packaged here by people who are disadvantaged in the labour market. DZB Leiden itself invested in our BTB25 for their packaging hall. Raw Halo therefore only had to invest in a size set. A good example of 'the sharing economy'.
What is your signature chocolate bar? And how is it wrapped?
Our signature chocolate bar is also my favourite bar. I eat one every day: Mylk & Vanilla. This bar was created as a dairy-free alternative to milk chocolate. We use creamed coconut and lucuma powder. This makes our vegan chocolate wonderfully soft and creamy, without the addition of dairy products.
The bar is wrapped in two layers of material: gold printed foil and a paper wrapper (FSC certified). As with all our bars, we use a distinctive colour combination for the design. The wrapper is lilac with a purple imprint and a couple of gold details. All our packaging is fully recyclable and plastic-free.
In our search for a packaging solution, it became clear that there was nothing targeted at a chocolate company of our size. The machines on offer were too big, too expensive, and required too many trained operators. Well, that is until we came across your machine. The BTB25 has enabled us to package sustainably and to eliminate the bottleneck in the production process. Our full range of bars (22g, 35g and 75g) are wrapped with the BTB25.
Are you inspired by Jonathan and Meg’s success story? Or would you just like to order some delicious chocolate? Visit Raw Halo’s website here.