United Nations Association of Dane County Lecture

February 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

at the Madison Public Library Central Branch, Room 301

Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Dane County, the Institute for Regional and International Studies at UW-Madison and the UW-Madison African Studies Department.

During this lecture, learn more about Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company headquartered in Milwaukee that works closely with chocolate production in Ghana.

Relationship to UN Program Goals:
     8:  Decent Work and Economic Growth
     9:  Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
     12:  Responsible Production and Consumption
     15:  Life on Land

Note: Steve Wallace has a book titled “Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar“.
If you have a copy please bring it with you. He will be signing books at the event!

UW Events Calendar: https://today.wisc.edu/events/view/132521

Voice of America radio interview

Steve Wallace speaks with Voice of America host Carol Castiel and VOA TV producer Phillip Alexiou,

On this edition of Press Conference USA, host Carol Castiel and VOA TV producer Phillip Alexiou, talk with Steven Wallace, founder and CEO of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company — the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Ghana.

Steven recounts the origins and challenges of this daunting endeavor in his new book Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.

Listen here: https://www.voanews.com/a/4290862.html

Podcast published March 16, 2018

 

Re-Thinking Cocoa From The Ground Up

Specialty cocoa products for the specialty coffee industry

In 1991, our founder was a newcomer to the world of cocoa processing; he had many questions for this centuries-old industry:

  • Why were there so few “clean ingredient” statements on products that should be simple and natural?
  • Why were there no “single origin” cocoa products showcasing attributes of cocoa beans cultivated in a particular country?
  • Why were cocoa-growing countries content to export only raw beans, allowing other countries to capture the profit sitting atop the cocoa value chain?

And so, years before the terms “fair trade” or “corporate social responsibility” held any currency, our founder started a modest cocoa company named after the Ghanaian word for “paramount king.” He named the company, Omanhene.