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Shawn Askinosie: A Journey from the Courtroom to Cocoa Bean Farm

June 9, 2014

Shawn Askinosie has a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer for nearly 20 years before founding Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Mo.  He travels to Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines, and Tanzania to source 100 percent of his cocoa beans directly from farmers.  This allows Askinosie Chocolate to carry the “single-origin chocolate” label while enabling farmers to share in the company’s profits.  In addition to his work to empower farmers, Askinosie involves students in his business and undertakes community development projects.

He shared his story and his chocolate during a visit to MU on April 16th, 2014.

View the video here...