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Lekkco Dark Chocolate

Industry News: Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread Sweetens Shelves in 1,500 Kroger Stores Nationwide


America's first nut-free and vegan Belgian dark chocolate spread delights fans with four delicious varieties

CAROL STREAM, Ill., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The rich, authentic flavor of Belgian dark chocolate is now available as a healthier indulgent spread in 1,500 Kroger stores around the country. Made in Belgium with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients sourced in Europe, Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread introduces a nut-free, vegan and lower-sugar complement to an endless array of breakfast dishes, snacks and desserts ($5.99/9.5oz SRP).

Perfect on its own or delightful for spreading, drizzling, baking and dipping, Lekkco captures the smooth, true chocolate taste of Belgian dark chocolate – without any bitterness.

Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread is available in Original, and with a hint of natural flavor in Caramel & Sea Salt, Coconut, and Caribbean Banana. Each variety contains 60 calories and 4g sugar per serving. The recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.

Family founded and majority owned, the name Lekkco refers to the Flemish (Dutch) word "Lekker," which means "something delicious." The spread is inspired by Lekkco co-founder Bram Bourgeois' Belgian upbringing and frequent visits there with partner and wife Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois and their two daughters.

"We absolutely love the tradition of chocolate for breakfast in Belgium so this is a concept we had to bring to life here in the U.S.," says Lekkco co-founder Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois. "While the traditional way to enjoy our dark chocolate spread is on a slice of bread, tasty croissant or baguette, it's an amazing addition to toast with fruit, waffles, pancakes, rice cakes, smoothie bowls, and, on-trend charcuterie trays."

Explosion in Spreads Category and Center Store Visits

With more Americans cooking at home and strolling grocery aisles this year, sales of center store staples are increasing at a booming rate of 22%.1 The chocolate spreads category alone is forecasted to grow nearly 5% annually through 2024, which analysts attribute to the product's versatility in recipes and consumer interest in reduced sugar and better-for-you products.2

Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread contains 30% less sugar than hazelnut spreads and is a safe option for homes and schools with allergy restrictions. It's also made with all-natural, sustainably sourced ingredients and oils. It is shelf stable and does not require refrigeration.

"Friends used to beg us to bring chocolate spreads back with us from Belgium so we knew Lekkco would work really well here – they're now overjoyed to find it at Kroger stores nationwide," adds Jennifer Lukas-Bourgeois. "We can't wait for others to give it a try. Like many families, we're heading into a new school year juggling work, home and virtual education; we're all about quick but delicious breakfasts and snacks and Lekkco dark chocolate spread is an easy fruit topper or dip we turn to throughout the day."

For breakfast, snack or dessert recipes, nutrition information, and a list of retailers, visit Lekkco.com. Follow along with Lekkco on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram and tag your recipe creations with #Lekkco.

About Lekkco
Inspired by an authentic 50-year-old Belgian chocolate spread, Lekkco is the first nut-free recipe that is also gluten-free, vegan, low-sugar, dark chocolate spread in the United States. It is made with all-natural ingredients sourced in Europe, including the finest Belgian dark chocolate, making it a smarter indulgence that everyone can enjoy in a variety of ways for breakfast, snacks or dessert. Launched in 2017, Lekkco is now available in over 2,250 retailers and online at www.Lekkco.com and Amazon.  





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Chocolate Spotlight: Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate Bar


Snap and crackle get a nutritious pop with a hearty sprinkling of our puffed royal pearl quinoa. This ancient Bolivian superfood lends its satisfying crunch, gentle nutty flavor, and all nine amino acids to our deep, malty Ecuadorian dark chocolate. Raw cane sugar and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean finish a classic recipe with pure flavor.

The smooth intensity of Dark Quinoa reflects the rainforest from which it hails. Fortaleza sits at the edge of the Ecuadorian coast, where the world’s richest soil and the shade of the forest canopy create an ideal environment for native cacao.

A Nutritious, Nostalgic Crunch
Light and crispy, an artisan update on a nostalgic childhood treat

Single Origin

6 Ingredients
Cacao beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, quinoa-rice crisps (quinoa, rice and sugar), vanilla beans

Cocoa: 60 % minimum

Organic ingredients
: 100%

Fair trade certified ingredients: 100%









About the Company
Alter Eco is based on the premise that food is fundamental to life – and whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. By working directly with the small-scale farmers who grow our quinoa, rice, sugar and chocolate, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices and assisting them in improving both quality of food and quality of life, we’re creating a system that benefits everyone involved. Our values extend to the flora, fauna and fields – we work with our co-op partners to preserve heirloom grains, replenish and reforest the land. And as a GHG Protocol 3 Carbon Zero business, we offset more carbon than we emit. Read More




Company: Alter Eco Foods
Brand: Alter Eco
Slogan: Nourishing Foodies, Farmer and Field
Origin: USA
Category: Chocolate
Packaging: 2.82oz
Claims: Fair Trade Certified, Organic, No Soy, Non GMO, No Emulsifiers, No Artificial Ingredients
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $3.99 USD
Where to Buy: Store Locator, Buy Online
Website: alterecofoods.com











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Chocolate Spotlight: Lukas and Blom Strawberry & Balsamic 64% Dark Bar





Dried Strawberries & 25y.old Balsamic.




We blend and temper fine couverture chocolates, then finish them with the
best quality ingredients around. Santa Barbara pistachios, organic seeds, artisan spice blends, organic dried fruits and more.



Company: Lukas & Blom
Brand: Lukas & Blom
Origin: USA
Category: Chocolate
Packaging: 1.75oz
Claims: Artesanal
Variants: View Here
Price: $6.99
Where to buy: Buy Online
Website: lukasandbloms.com




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Drink Spotlight: Rau – Raw Chocolate Raw Cacao Beverage



A gluten, sugar, soy, preservative free chocolate revolution to jump start your day or enjoy as a tantalizing snack. Chocolate bean stripped to its raw,healthy form. Packed with natural antioxidants, omega 3's and fiber for extended vitality. Chocoholic Heaven.


Nutrition Facts
(per serving)
Calories 150
Fat 7g
Protein 10g
Carbohydrates 12g
Fiber 9g
Sodium 95mg





About the Company
RAu emerged from a common dream – to alter the well-being of our planet by focusing change on the health and happiness of our own self. We strongly believe that caring for our own health is equally as important as caring for our own planet and community. Our philosophy for creating symbiosis is at the root of everything we do and how we live our lives…. all with a light-hearted healthy smile.

As roommates fresh out of college, we spent countless days watching our co-workers chug “healthy” energy drinks while gorging caffeine-infused snacks in the attempt to keep their sluggish heads off their desks. Soon realizing the vicious sounds of mid-day head thumping, we knew there had to be a more organic and clean approach to our own wellbeing and vitality. It was time to take back "healthy." Read More


Company: Rau
Brand: Rau
Slogan: Naked in Nature
Origin: USA
Category: Functional Beverage
Claims: Raw, Cold Pressed, Zero Sugar, Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO Verified
Variants: Mint, Original
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: drinkrau.com









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Chocolate Spotlight: Hershey´s Creme ´n´Arandando Bites



Hershey´s has launched a new chocolate product in Mexico, Creme ´n´ Arandano (Cranberries and Cream) bites. Following up on the success of the 2012 Creme ´n´ Arandano bars this new product offers the same delicious taste but in bite form.  Retailed in a 42g bag for $11 mexican pesos.


222 kcal of energy
7.5g of saturated fat
21g of sugar
54mg of Sodium







Company: Hershey´s
Brand: Hershey´s
Origin: Mexico
Category: Confectionary
Claims: Limited Edition
Variants: Bar, Bites
Price: $11.00 MXP
Where to Buy: Supermarkets in Mexico
Website: hersheys.com




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Product Spotlight: Sriracha Chocolate Bars

Since everything has to have a Siracha twist these days, ThinkGeek is offering this 1.75 ounce chocolate bar which is described as the baby of sun-ripened chili and dark chocolate cocoa. There’s no details on just how hot this thing is, but for the quality-conscious we do know that they’re made in small batches so they can be quality tested and shipped out at maximum freshness.

Product Page: ($8)

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