Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Choclatier aims for sweet success in US

bout to sample some of Belfast chocolatier Co Couture’s latest line of chocolates are Maynard Mawhinney, director of Invest NI’s food division, and Deirdre McCanny of Co Couture

An award-winning company is expanding its range of fine chocolate truffles and bars and hopes to export its new lines to the US.

Co Couture, the gourmet chocolatier, founded by trained chef Deirdre McCanny in March and based in north Belfast, has developed three lines of chocolate bars — rum and raisin, dark chocolate and milk chocolate with honeycomb — to add to its range of truffles.

This follows Co Couture's first venture into the challenging chocolate bar market, which saw its biscuit and cranberry dark chocolate bar gain a two gold star rating in the Great Taste Awards.

The chocolatier's Bushmills whiskey truffles also gained a coveted three gold stars from judges.

Invest NI is assisting the company with funding and advice to help develop its products and marketing outside Northern Ireland.

Maynard Mawhinney, Invest NI's food director said: “Our support, which includes guidance from an experienced mentor, will enable this early stage business to extend its product portfolio and to exploit opportunities that have been identified, particularly in markets such as the US.”