The Rebel scientists who are looking to take the chocolate world by storm
Dr Neil Robson began working on Rebel after a back injury left him unable to carry on his research.
online. Compared with competitor brands, Rebel contains less sugar and more cocoa, while being high in protein and lactose free.
Dr Robson, who praised Business Gateway for its “tremendous support” in bringing the product to market, said: “At Rebel Chocolate we make unique chocolate bars in which we maximise the good and minimise the bad. We make our milk chocolate with less sugar and enhance it by adding in whey protein from milk. The end result is delicious chocolate which is lactose free and contains 25 per cent protein.”
Dr Robson, who studied biochemistry and molecular biology in New Zealand before moving to Glasgow, began working on Rebel after a back injury sustained doing martial arts training ultimately prevented him from continuing with his research. He said his scientific grounding had been a major asset as he created Rebel. Dr Robson said: “My background is in protein biochemistry and immunology so when I set myself the challenge to create a healthier chocolate I was able to draw on my training and experience gained through my scientific research.
“Whilst making chocolate is totally different to trying to cure cancer, the thought process of recipe development is very similar to scientific experimentation.”
There are currently three flavours in the range: Belgian Milk, Single Origin Colombian Milk and Single Estate Madagascan Milk.
The company recently took the product to the Loch Lomond Food Festival, and will appear at the Scotland Fitness and Nutrition Expo next month and the Perth Chocolate and Gin Festival in November. the UK economy, as companies will be able to switch to suppliers representing the 93 per cent of the world’s population which is not in the EU, but this evolution will eventually be highly damaging to the economy of the EU.
“Wetherspoon is extremely confident it can switch from EU suppliers, if required, although we would be very reluctant to initiate such actions.”
Mr Martin said like-forlike sales in Wetherspoon pubs were up 6.1 per cent since year-end, but warned the trend was unlikely to continue because the boost brought by the summer holidays would ease back.
He anticipates like-forlike sales growth of three to four per cent will be needed to match last year’s profit.
But George Salmon at Hargreaves Lansdown believes this is realistic. The analyst said: “The news that J D Wetherspoon has served up stronger than expected results, plus an even stronger start to the current year, will certainly have put investors in high spirits, especially since it comes just days after a disappointing update from rival Greene King.
“The group does warn that the excellent start to this year is unlikely to be maintained , and in light of cost headwinds and continued closures, it will need like like-for-like sales to grow by three to four per cent to repeat last year’s profit. However, given the momentum it is currently enjoying, there’s no reason to think this should be a problem.” Shares closed up 145p at 1,189p.