PRESS RELEASE — November 03, 2022 — WNWN Expands London Lab 8X for Cocoa-Free Chocolate Production
LONDON, 3 November, 2022 – WNWN Food Labs, the first to bring cocoa-free chocolate to market, today announced it has begun buildout of an expanded facility that will increase its production space eightfold.
The new space in Main Yard in vibrant Hackney Wick nods to the neighborhood’s rich history of commerce, scientific innovation, and food, as well as the historic home of Clarnico, once the largest confectioner in Britain. The facility will house R&D, manufacturing, a test kitchen, office space, and allow intimate events and demonstrations.
WNWN (pronounced “win-win”) has already released two cocoa-free chocolate products to the public, and following the expansion, can begin producing in volume to supply CPG food companies a more ethical alternative to commoditized chocolate. The company will also expand its headcount, and expects to double its staff by the end of the year.
“With this expansion we’ll be in gear to begin supplying small to midsize brands including Michelin-star restaurants, bakers, and foodservice distributors,” said WNWN CTO Dr. Johnny Drain, who grew up a stone’s throw from the world-famous Cadbury chocolate factory in Birmingham. “Our direct-to-consumer product drops have sold out instantly, so this new space also allows us to perform more testing and development for future launches.”
WNWN applies traditional fermentation techniques to sustainable, widely available plant-based ingredients in a proprietary process to create cocoa-free chocolate that tastes, melts, snaps and bakes just like chocolate. Its formula is vegan, caffeine-free, gluten-free, palm oil-free, lower in sugar than comparable products, and safe for dogs since it contains no theobromine.
Consumers are increasingly concerned about deforestation, habitat destruction, and unfair labor practices in the conventional chocolate supply chain. More than a million child laborers are estimated to work in Ivory Coast and Ghana, where three-quarters of the world’s cocoa is grown. Cocoa crops are also vulnerable due to climate change, including rising temperatures and reduced rainfall, which has led experts to predict chocolate shortages in the coming years.
Because WNWN uses widely available ingredients, and production methods that don’t require regulatory approval or expensive platforms, the company expects to be able to produce its cocoa-free chocolate affordably when fully at scale.
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About WNWN Food Labs (WNWN)
WNWN, a UK food tech startup addressing critical problems in food supply chains, creates a win-win situation for consumers, workers, producers, and the planet. The London-based food tech company uses fermentation to transform plant-based whole foods and unloved ingredients into delicious, sustainable foods. For more information visit www.wnwnfoodlabs.com.