NOKA Chocolate Surpasses All Others at Distinguished Tasting in New York City

DALLAS, February 22, 2007 -- NOKA Chocolate, ranked ''#1 luxury chocolate in the world'' by the food editors of TASTE, now also carries the distinction of being rated the best chocolate in the United States. NOKA Chocolate received the honor at a tasting in New York City sponsored by The Nikkei, the world''s largest business daily newspaper.

Nikkei America, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of The Nikkei, brought together the committee of nine judges, ranging from food journalists to expert chocolate enthusiasts who evaluated 23 of America''s best-known chocolates. Each judge was asked to rank the top 10 chocolates. The panel selected NOKA Chocolate''s Vintages Collection™ as the overall favorite for its fragrant, authentic cacao flavor.

"NOKA Chocolate is honored to receive this international recognition, particularly since Asia and the Pacific Rim are important growth markets for us," said Noah Houghton, president of NOKA Chocolate. "We are dedicated to the highest quality and purest form of chocolates, so we are pleased our special collection was so well received at this prestigious event."

The Vintages Collection™ is a compilation of the finest, single-estate dark chocolates (minimum 75% cacao) that reveals the true essence of the chocolates'' origins and provides a journey through the finest cacao regions in the world: Venezuela, Ecuador, Ivory Coast and Trinidad.

NOKA presents its sophisticated chocolates and truffles in two innovative, keepsake packaging options: beautifully textured, black and silver paper Encore Boxes™ and captivating, stainless-steel Signature Gift Boxes™. NOKA also offers the Grand Cru Collection™, handcrafted truffles made with rare, single-estate dark chocolate and fresh organic cream. Collection prices range from $16 to $234. Orders may be placed online at or by calling 877.270.8209. NOKA Chocolate is also available at select Neiman Marcus locations.

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