Josef Zotter was born on February 21, 1961 in Feldbach, Styria.
He has worked as a chef / waiter and pastry chef.
Josef Zotter is married and has three children.
In 1987 the establishment of Jane's (family business): 26-year-old Joseph Jende decided to put their ideas into practice. Joseph Jane and his wife, Ulrike, opened a jelly candy shop in Glacisstraße, Graz, Austria. Their distinctive creations, such as "Ma Pian", "Fun Unlimited Cream Cake" and "Coriander Beef Beef Roll", are becoming increasingly popular in their region. Joseph Jane expanded its stores and opened three more stores.
In 1992, Jérôme Jean-Claude began to produce chocolate in the secret room of his candy store in Graz, creating a unique fusion of hand-made (handmade) chocolates, creativity and layered hand-made craftsmanship. With the advent of another innovative idea, he replaced the traditional cubic pattern with 70 grams of strips coated with a homogeneous chocolate layer. The following are the first of its variety of products: the opium cinnamon, pumpkin with almond jelly, hemp plants, raw food, champagne and roasted walnut kernel (with almond protein fudge).
In 1994, Andreas h. Gratze, a fusion art designer, turned chocolate packaging into a work of art and used many humorous titles such as "little mischief" and "good man". Gratze's choice of artwork is mainly due to its abhorrence of advertising, which often treats people as fools. According to him, good advertising should be able to stimulate customers to buy and dare to challenge the different needs of customers. He succeeded in creating a lot of unique decorative patterns of style quite. Many consumers do not put the Zotter package in the trash after eating chocolate, but keep it as a collection.
In 1996, Joseph Jane bankrupt three branches were forced to close. At this point the failure of his entire life is the most critical moment. Jane was not willing to give up, in 1998 the introduction of a series of hand-chocolate drinks new products.
Joseph Jane was always impressed with this decisive moment: "The chocolate or candy pastry shop, both can not have both." His wife Ulrike said: "Well, let's run candy cakes, because I really can not To determine whether the cause of chocolate business can make money. "" Good "Joseph Jane to his wife replied:" Then we choose chocolate bar. "(Laughter)
In 1999, Zotters decided to put all his eggs in a chocolate basket. Then they opened a jeweled chocolate factory and opened a hand workshop with a warehouse on Joseph 's grandfather' s farm.
"We do not even have a signboard, but people often knock on my mother 's door and ask if there is any chocolate sale.
In 2001, Jane began to travel around Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, where all cocoa beans were grown. He wants resources and talks face-to-face with cocoa growers.
In 2002, in order to meet the growth demand, expanded scale. This time, Zotter did not do it yourself and wiring tiles and tile operations. First-class production workshop, specifically for visitors to open "mobile chocolate" tasting station, to the transparent, open and zero distance contact with the concept of taking a big step.
In 2004, Jane moved all its business to fair trade. He relies mainly on small-scale agricultural structure, quality, and growers close contact and maintain relations of cooperation.
"In Ghana and Ivory Coast, 200,000 children are involved in the production of cocoa, which is our topic, and you can not employ child labor anyway."
In 2006, the entire production process to organic production In fact, for a company, this process does not want to sound so simple, to use a large number of different and particularly unique raw materials. But Zotter's efforts were not in vain - even whiskey and wolfberry berries were all derived from organic production.
In 2007, the plant began to expand to achieve the "cocoa beans to chocolate" production and has a chocolate shop theater. "Cocoa beans to chocolate": "cocoa beans to chocolate," the complete production process has gradually become a Zotter chocolate factory. Joseph Jean is one of Europe's few "cocoa-to-chocolate" manufacturers and the only company to implement organic and fair trade standards.
Chocolate Shop Theater: invites visitors to swim the world of chocolate. , There are a lot of tasting sites and learning sites there is a shop to explore. More than 250,000 visitors visit Jane each year, making Jane the second largest tourist destination in Styria.
In 2009 and 2010, Jende Chocolate shops settled in Essen (G), Innsbruck (A) and Salzburg (A).
In 2010, Jane received an invitation from Harvard University. Jane became the first Austrian company to be included in a prestigious American college program (as a case study).
In 2011, Jane's Edible Zoo opened for the chocolate shop's open-air: a 66-acre, large-scale farm, where Jane sells food from his fields and gardens, and wants visitors to " food". Animals and plants are not products but life, so they should be given care and respect. Like the chocolate shop theater, the slogan is also transparent, continuous and innovative.
In 2012, Joseph Jendal and his family inspected the refugee children of Myanmar in the refugee camps in Thailand, and set up a project, the "really delicious! Student lunch" project.
In 2012, he published his autobiography.
Josef Zotter's fourth book, Kopfstand mit frischen Fischen. Mein Weg aus der Krise (Headstand with Fresh Fish. How do I get through the crisis) has been a popular biography book on the Amazon.
In 2012, the new film Namaste Kakao - South Indian coconut tree orchard in the chocolate shop theater.
In 2012, Jane was listed as one of the world's eight leading chocolate manufacturers.
Georg Bernardini has tested 2,700 products from 271 companies in 38 countries. He spent two years conducting an investigation and eventually completed the book "Chocolate Tester", in which he ranked Jane as one of the world's top chocolate makers.
Bernardini's conclusion: "Jotde is by far the most innovative company in the entire chocolate industry, and Zotter is one of the leading companies in the chocolate boom and development period, and their products, in addition to creativity, Quality .. They are constantly working to develop "handmade" chocolate, is committed to creating a new era of the series of chocolate products.
According to Bernardini's test, Nicaragua 50% of the two-piece chocolate is the world's best milk chocolate. Jane's strawberry chocolate ranks second - a new standard of chocolate, as Bernardini said. To the surprise of the chocolate makers, the nougat and Biofekt truffles also score very well in the world rankings.
In 2013, Zotter's traceability program provided complete transparency. Now, every piece of chocolate is delicious unlimited, direct hit the soul, it is endless.
In 2013, the open-air cinema opened at the Edible Zoo.
In 2013, Zotter opened a chocolate shop in Shanghai.
Today, the manufacture of chocolate is still in Austria, and then transported to China. Zotter's 25-year-old eldest daughter, Julia Zotter, lives in Shanghai and oversees new business. Julia Zotter is very fond of China, fluent in Chinese. At the same time, Zotter products are also sold online in China.
Mike Jane is currently residing in Austria. He is 24 years old and manages product lines such as FlatIce and Mi-Xing bar, an online tool that allows customers to pick their favorite chocolate from 99 different ingredients.
Small Valerie, six years old, is responsible for child care in the pet zoo animals, and is responsible for collecting eggs.
Ulrich Jane is still in the management of the company, if not her organic blueprint to come to an end.