Lisa Gardin joined ChoCo'a, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as the company's head chocolatier. Gardin previously held roles at Chocolate Arts in Vancouver, Canada, and Decadence du Chocolat in Tokyo.
ChoCo'a Boutique in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is reopening behind the Mall of the Emirates. It also is launching a new collection of dark chocolates, Java Single Origin Chocolates, in several flavors.
China's National Candy Association is partnering with Koelnmesse to enhance their upcoming confectionery exhibitions, the China Candy Festival and the 2009 Sweet China convention. The confectionery business in China has grown nearly 13% annually for the past five years.
Guido Gobino, a chocolatier in Turin, Italy, offers everything from olive-oil-and-sea-salt truffles to pink-peppercorn-enhanced white chocolate. He is one of more than 20 chocolate makers in Turin, which offers a three-day ChocoPass to tourists.