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Chocolate-loving family cooks up a sweet international business

Chocolate has an appeal that’s simply irresistible – just like love. For one blue-and-gold family, these two ingredients are one and the same.

The Alexander brothers – FIU alumni Juan Carlos ’04, Nicholas ’07 and Andrew ’12 – are bound by the sweet stuff at home and at the office. The three work together at Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa & Chocolate Specialists, a company founded in 2009 by their father, John.

“It’s fun seeing my brothers every day,” Andrew says. “I don’t really know a lot of people who get to say that. We’re close anyway, so it’s great to be in business with one another. It’s one of the perks.”

In collaboration with one of their international partners – Brazil’s Cruz family, which has a 130-year legacy of expertise in cocoa and chocolate – the Alexanders are well on their way to cornering the private-label market in South Florida.

Read: “Chocolate-loving family cooks up a sweet international business,“ an article by FIU Magazine


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