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, MLA St. James
July 4, 2013

Chocolatier Constance Popp

Manitoba's reputation is growing beyond our borders, thanks to some of our local community leaders. Constance Menzies, better known as the chocolatier Constance Popp, is a local businesswoman who presents her premium artisan chocolates at international events and raises the standards of excellence in our food industry.

Constance Popp makes her chocolate of the highest quality, using fair trade and ethically sourced products whenever possible. Her unique creations, including the Manitoba red beet truffle which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II, are often inspired by local ingredients.

One of her bestselling products is the Manitobar, formed in the shape of our province and created with many locally sourced ingredients, such as Manitoba Harvest hemp seed nut, Manitoba flax, and Eco-Farms sunflower seeds. Chocolatier Constance Popp is internationally recognized for excellence and, to date, Constance has won many awards for her artistry and for promoting Manitoba's reputation to the broader community.

Constance also maintains a successful business while committing to remain socially and environmentally responsible. She proudly hosted Fair Trade Manitoba's first ever Carrotmob last March. Carrotmob seeks to bring attention to ethically made products available in Manitoba and then reward businesses that are already making ethical choices by giving them more business. Constance Popp chocolates are all sold in either compostable packaging or in beautiful wooden boxes and purses handmade by local Winnipeg artists.

Constance's rigorous standards and community involvement are carrying Manitoba's good name and her reputation to a worldwide audience. Her chocolates were served at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2010 Golden Globes in Los Angeles and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Mr. Speaker, congratulations to Constance Menzies for her well-deserved success. Her artistry and determination is a welcome addition to the Winnipeg small business community, and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

Thank you.