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A Kiwi Original - Glenn Yeatman | Solomon's Gold
Solomons Gold chocolate is family run, locally made in Tauranga, New Zealand, and 100% “Free From“ dairy, gluten, nuts, soy and refined sugar.
The vegan chocolate factory in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, is run by Glenn Yeatman, who designed most of the factory equipment himself and has literally built the factory in New Zealand from scratch.
Glenn was a fourth-generation coffee farmer from Zimbabwe who during the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe, fled Africa for his life with his young family leaving everything behind, and they arrived in New Zealand with only a suitcase in hand.
Glenn’s coffee growing background led him to a meeting with Clive, who brought him on board to work for C-Corp in the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara. It wasn’t long before Glenn and Clive both realised these beans were something special. At this moment the Yeatman family relocated back to New Zealand to build a chocolate factory that would be called Solomons Gold.
Their cacao beans are grown organically in one of the purest ecosystems on earth, utilising growing and harvesting methods the Solomon Island people have used for generations.
Through the support of C-Corp they have been able to provide our growers with infrastructure and finance support to enable our them to sustainably grow fine quality single origin cacao, and create some of the finest organic chocolate in New Zealand.