Elizabeth “Lady” Montano

BOOST FOR INDUSTRY: Elizabeth “Lady” Montano, Gillian Goddard and Kristy Ann Hudson display the new packaging and size of Machel Montano 60 per cent dark chocolate at a launch held at the Cocoa Pod, Port of Spain, yesterday.


TAKE a bite and see what happens when soca meets cocoa. That was the invitation from soca star Machel Montano at the launch of the rebranded Montanos Chocolate bar yesterday at The Cocoa Pod at Gordon Street, Port of Spain.

Montano, who is currently in Martinique for the French territory’s Carnival celebrations, spoke to a small room of guests and media from a large projection of a pre-recorded video when he unveiled a new high-end packaging for his Machel Montano 60 per cent dark chocolate.

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