A message from your editor: Rise above it and save the world!
Many of you might have heard that some unfair rumours have been spread about my family and my business here at Kennedy’s. Those of you that have seen emails coming in from the UK saying that we are actually closing down this year (yeah really!) will know, obviously that these are damaging, completely untrue and totally unsubstantiated.
So, if you have received such an email please send this to me for my legal team. It’s amazing that some have to go to such levels to try and take business from you. I think we all come across competitors that practice defamation from time to time, but in the end this, luckily will always fail.
Kennedy’s are doing brilliantly. We have another nearly 100-page bumper edition of our January 20 ISM issue, (a record for an Interpack year), plus a new web site, a brand-new App, and a huge record-breaking centenary London Chocolate Forum coming shortly. Yes, the next LCF will be on the 26th Oct 2020 in a really amazing luxury hotel to celebrate our ten-year anniversary of this chocolate event. So, don’t miss the party!
In the mean time I am still investigating farms all over Ecuador, though it could be years before we eventually get out there as we had to turn down the farms that we saw last month. Yes we turned down the last farm and don’t actually have one now. So the story goes on and changes; that’s life, we are all living stories and playing the game.
But it’s a real story and opening the doors for me directly into the heart of the cocoa industry; literally where no one has been before. I recently interviewed the Minister of Agriculture last month and I am due to see the Vice President of Ecuador in his private house next month!
That’s cool, it’s an amazing country and has the largest single untouched and remotest area of Amazon jungle in the world. And I am being flown to it with my family! And now I hear that the Chinese are trying to buy this from Ecuador to drill for oil. Which must be stopped! We must help them.
We can stop these things; consumers, us, humans; whatever we decide to call ourselves. But through crowd funding, and joint efforts the Amazon could be saved; it should not be for sale. Anyway, I am meeting the Vice President of Ecuador and his gang to offer my help. So for the Kennedy family and Kennedy’s as a business even; it’s time to start saving the planet. I always like to pick the hard ones, right?
Though it’s possible we may not be moving to Ecuador for years, at least we are, like many of you, doing amazing things for others. And that’s all that matters.
C U in Cologne next month.
If any of you are there let me know and we can hook up and save the world!