Godiva Chocolatier, commonly known as Godiva Chocolates, was founded in 1926 by Joseph Draps, in Brussels, Belgium. The company opened its second location in Paris in 1958, but these premium chocolates did not reach the US until 1966.
The company was purchased by Campbell Soup in 1967, but was sold in 2007 to Yildiz Holdings, who also own Ulker, a Turkish food manufacturing company ,for $850 million.
Today, the company has 450 locations worldwide, with boxed chocolates sold in most upscale department stores, as well as 6 or more catalogs mailed within the US each year. The company also operates a website and takes telephone orders.
Godiva Chocolates opened Cafe Godiva in London’s Harrod’s department store in 2012, where guests can enjoy pastries, chocolate beverages, and, of course, chocolate candy.