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20,000 pounds of chocolate lost in blaze


On Friday 4 February a fire, which destroyed almost 20, 000 pounds of chocolate, broke out in the packaging area of a landmark chocolate factory in Pennsylvania.  The family-owned Sarris Candies factory, based in Canonsburg in Washington County, must, at the instruction of a health inspector, destroy the chocolate which had either melted or has smoke damage. 

Plant manager Dennis Sroka confirmed that further inspections will also determine whether an additional 5,000 pounds of chocolate packaged for sale in the store will have to be destroyed too.

Whilst most of the company's stock survived because it is stored in an off-site warehouse, there will still be a financial loss for Sarris Candies. The chocolate supplier will need a Loss Adjuster to evaluate the damage and calculate the total loss before it can make a claim.

This recent example of loss draws parallels with just one of the scenarios used in our Discover Risk game - Chocolate Aventura.   Chocolate Aventura is a leading (fictional) chocolate manufacturer in Venezuela that won a contract to supply a UK supermarket chain with its own brand of fair trade, organic chocolate. 

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