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Vermont Nut Free Chocolates Announces New Hires, Relocation Ahead of 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show

New York City - (June 14, 2018) – Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, producer of 100 percent peanut and tree nut free chocolates, today announced two new hires to their marketing and sales team, as well as its plans for relocation later this year.  

Brian Susslin joins the team as director of sales, bringing over 25 years of sales experience in confectionery products to the company. Susslin has held lead positions at New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), Storck USA L.P., Lindt and Sprungli Inc. and others before joining Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. Notably, Susslin worked at Barry-Callebaut Chocolate for 16 years where he helped drive the development of the company’s first production facility in the U.S. At Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, Susslin will head the sales department as the company continues to grow.

A recent graduate of Clark University, Carly Ngo will take on the role of sales and marketing coordinator. Ngo will utilize her expertise in social media management and digital marketing while working closely with Susslin to drive results through targeted marketing campaigns, and overseeing the company’s social media channels.

Susslin and Ngo join the team at an exciting time of growth for Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. The company recently announced that it will relocate its production facility and retail store to Colchester, Vt. after 20 years in Grand Isle County. The Colchester facility will more than double the company’s current footprint, and allow the company to scale its wholesale production. The new location is expected to be completed in early fall.

“This year marks our 20th anniversary and we are excited to welcome Brian and Carly to the team as our company flourishes,” said Vermont Nut Free Chocolates president and co-founder, Mark Elvidge. “Our goal at Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has always been to spread awareness about the dangers of peanut and tree nut allergies by providing a trusted product that can be enjoyed by those with and without allergies. Through the expansion of our team and move into our new facility, we’re able to achieve these goals by widening our network of customers and wholesale partners which allow us to provide greater access of our products to the nut allergy community.”

Food allergies are becoming an increasing concern for families with researchers estimating that up to 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). All Vermont Nut Free Chocolates products are created in a 100 percent nut free environment, so customers with peanut or tree nut allergies can be confident in the nut free guarantee. The company can be found in over 400 stores in 26 states and 2 Canadian Provinces with mail order customers worldwide online at

Attendees of the Summer Fancy Food Show can meet the team and sample a variety of products from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates at Booth #6441 from June 30-July 2, 2018.

To learn more about Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, please visit

About Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
Established in 1998, Vermont Nut Free Chocolates specializes in handmade gourmet treats that are safe for individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies. Its product line includes chocolate bars, chocolate covered pretzels, granola bars, truffles, caramels and novelty items. All products are processed and packaged in small batches with only the finest nut free ingredients available. To learn more or order products, please visit

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Mark Elvidge
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Julianna Sheridan
Matter Communications