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The team which took Sharp’s from a micro-brewery to the UK’s fastest growing producer of cask and bottled conditioned beer is looking to make a similar impact at its latest venture.

Joe Keohane and Nick Baker, who recently sold Sharp’s Brewery to Molson Coors for £20 million, bought Devon-based high-end chocolate business Browne’s out of administration last month, and have now reopened its Okehampton factory.

MD Keohane said: “After the sale of Sharp’s we looked for a new business to develop and were impressed by the considerable reputation that Browne’s had acquired over the last 20 years plus its range of high-end customers including Waitrose, Duchy Originals and Tesco.

“Both Nick and I have committed long-term investment into the business and intend to continue taking on staff but it is imperative that retailers and consumers across the region help this proud business get re-established.”