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Life & Work with Kathalin Carvalho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathalin Carvalho.

Our company was founded by the Carvalho family, Tampa residents for over 20 years. Their prior business experience in food management and manufacturing as well as the high demand for a healthier lifestyle in the region sparked in them the idea of offering to consumers products not readily available in the East coast of the United States or grown at a large scale in the country. After learning more about the origins and nutritional benefits of cacao, they started their journey by sourcing the BEST qualified cocoa ingredients in the market and soon made it available to all consumers in the United States. Following customers’ wishes, they soon incorporated the making of wooden handcrafted products to their repertoire. Carvalho Naturals works hard to provide customers a premium line of products with the highest quality and utmost convenience whilst maintaining a strong customer experience. They also safely co-pack and distribute organic food products in Tampa observing HACCP and GMP food standards. All ingredients are ethically sourced and extensive due diligence is conducted on trade partners to ensure quality and reliability of each ingredient.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Once you introduce a product to the market, you are also introducing risks. We have the big responsibility of sourcing the BEST quality products from the most qualified suppliers during the entire lifecycle of each product including ingredients, packaging, labels, etc. so all stays fresh and tasty. To that effect, we have partnered with trusted suppliers and have been very diligent in selecting clean ingredients to make sure our customers are satisfied with the taste and feel of what they eat. There are other challenges that are inherent to this business; we sell chocolate! So, discovering the best way to pack and ship meltable products from one of the hottest states in the United States was very challenging; however, after many trials, we found a reasonable way to ship our cocoa products from Florida to anywhere in the United States, and maintain our customer base satisfied. Also, it has been a journey to educate our customers on the benefits and use of 100% cacao and how it can be incorporated into their daily routine for a more healthy lifestyle.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Kathalin, Carvalho Naturals’ founder, is an accomplished corporate professional, community leader and entrepreneur. She received the 2018 Business Leadership Class Award from the Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc amongst other professional recognitions. She has written and spoken for domestic and international audiences on several risk management and regulatory compliance topics. She is a college mentor and professor who fell in love at first sight with pure cacao! Since that magical moment, she developed her own brand and sourced for the very BEST organic single origin cocoa in the market for everyone to enjoy!

What matters most to you?
Quality, Care and Joy is the motto behind our products! Our Cocoa ingredients are 100% pure cocoa and do not include any additives, preservatives, carriers, or processing aids. We proudly bring you a non-gmo cocoa that is kosher, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and free of the eight major allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Our organic products come from a maker that champions fair-trade cocoa production with Non-GMO and/or Kosher Pareve recognition, making these ingredients an ethical and satisfying way to top your favorite sweet treat or dessert. We consider ourselves an ethically driven company with customer service focus. We care about our community and our customers as we recognize our responsibility to offer the cleanest ingredients to our customers and positively impact those whom we service. We have partnered with other local business and collaborated with our community to find balance in our business practice.

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