Lake Champlain Chocolates was founded by James “Jim” Lampman in 1983 as a chocolate truffle wholesale company. Increasing demand resulted in the company’s 1998 move to a 24,000-square-foot facility within Burlington, and today Lake Champlain Chocolates can be found in over 2,000 specialty stores across the U.S., in three Vermont retail stores, and in the company’s culinary center, a combination cafe, education kitchen and factory.
Lake Champlain Chocolates is commited to improving its community and the environment. The company, in partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation, funds a three-year family support scholarship program, which provides training for women entrepreneurs and funding for youth education in Ivory Coast. It also recently achieved Fair for Life Certification, a rigorous third-party certification for social accountability and fair trade. This certification ensures that everyone in the supply chain is treated and compensated fairly – from the farmers who grow and harvest the cocoa, to those who transport it, transform it into chocolate, process orders, package and deliver the final product.
Lake Champlain is in its second generation of family ownership and management, led by founder Jim Lampman and his two children, Ellen and Eric.
Location: Burlington, VT - 1st District
U.S. Employees: 150
Exports to Other Countries: No
Officer: James Lampman
Lake Champlain Chocolates is known for high-end, premium chocolate products.