Ferns Coffee has acquired Ciocchino, an Italian brand of sipping chocolate made from high grade, solid dark chocolate.
“Hot chocolates today are usually made with cocoa powder, sugar and milk – sometimes even water – which creates a very sweet drink that actually bears little relation to chocolate,” said Martin Sheridan, MD Ferns Coffee.
“Ciocchino is made from high grade, solid dark chocolate and delivers a true, authentic taste, giving customers a premium, luxurious alternative to the selection they will encounter at most establishments.
“Hot chocolate is commonly seen as a treat and nothing could be more indulgent than a decadent hit of rich chocolate that will leave a lasting impression on customers and create a real point of difference.”
One of the oldest coffee roasters in the UK, Ferns Coffee is undergoing an ambitious investment programme that has seen it double its business in the past two years.
The acquisition follows a rebrand and substantial investment into new equipment at its roasting premises in Basingstoke.