Well, I guess chocolate is not even immune from getting caught up in the Presidential race. These photo realistic chocolates were presented to the candidates by Katrina Neylon, Master Licensee for Tennessee, and her Team. The Tennessee Chocolate Graphics Team expressed their support for the recent Presidential Debate held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on October 7th by supplying chocolates that were a special favor given to all the attendees at a huge after-debate party which took place following the debate at AT&T headquarters in downtown Nashville. In addition, Chocolate Graphics Tennessee made large chocolate portraits of the two presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain.
Chocolate Graphics is a company that produces chocolates made with hi-definition, computerized laser images. Their process is patent protected. According to their website, the image is a raised embossed design that is made entirely of chocolate. They say it is not simply printing on chocolate.
An Australian inventor originally conceived the Chocolate Graphics process in 1988. His method was rudimentary and extremely slow, and no effective marketing action was adopted until 1996 when three local businessmen purchased the rights to his process. In July 1999 the patents, applications and manufacturing rights were purchased by John Taylor, an experienced international businessman who had kick-started many small businesses both in Australia and overseas.
Since that time the process has been significantly upgraded to incorporate state of the art computerized laser and automated technology. Now, with the new automated machinery having been designed and tested, the production capability of a 'manual' Manual Production Centre (PC) is 18,000 pieces daily, with a 'fully automated' process expected to produce 250,000 chocolates per day. Recently the company reached new heights, with the introduction of technology that allows the embossing of photographic images onto chocolate with chocolate. Additionally, by using the same technology Chocolate Graphics can now also produce 3 dimensional images onto chocolate with chocolate.
Chocolate Graphics can offer customers products with unparalleled definition and assortment in embossed chocolates. Here are some examples of the type of products they can produce:
Chocolate Graphics has a few licensees in the U.S. and is looking for more. There are several different levels of franchises ranging from a salesperson to a full blown production facility. They provide all the training. For more information, go to their website.