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California-based chocolate factory to move location to Phoenix area


PHOENIX — The Phoenix area is about to get a little bit sweeter — literally.

CocoaPlanet, a tasting room that features chocolate tastings and wine pairings, will reportedly move its chocolate factory from Sonoma, California, to the Valley, according to Sonoma News.

The company’s owner, Anne McKibben, told the publication that the move is happening because her husband, Jeff, works and lives in Phoenix as a tech executive.

She said he has been commuting to California weekly for 10 years.

“We love it here in Sonoma and hate to leave,” McKibben said. “But we need to have the family together in one state.”

The Sonoma location shut down on Saturday. It is unknown where the new location will be or when it will open up, but McKibben said it will be in the Phoenix area.

McKibben also said the company will continue production for its U.S. and international clients. Cocoa Planet products can currently be found at Whole Foods, Tiddle E. Winks, Sonoma Market and other specialty stores in Sonoma.

The old location is currently in escrow. Ken and Stacey Mattson, a local couple, was looking to purchase it and launch a business called Sonoma Burrito company.

CocoaPlanet opened in October 2016 after McKibben bought the building in November 2014 and transformed it from the Sonoma Print Shop.

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