“Barriers have been destroyed through technology, and the balance of power has changed. It’s not all controlled by big brokers anymore. We can cut out the middleman. I can dial up a farmer in Guatemala. I can follow him on Instagram.”
Over the course of about 30 years, Jim and Anne Lampman pursued a vision that built Lake Champlain Chocolates from an experimental side project into a bona fide Vermont success story, with some 150 employees during peak season, three shops in the state and sales to about 2,000 stores nationwide. A founding premise of the company was to seek out extraordinary ingredients — a philosophy that the second generation of the family, as they begin to take the reins, has embraced with fresh thinking and new technology.