Candy Company Makes Its Own Sweet Travel Deals

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The small New York chocolate company Sweet Riot knows how to bargain travel. The candy upstart recently sent five people on a trip to trade shows in San Francisco and Sundance, Utah. Here's how they did it on the cheap: They crammed five people — including the CEO — into one hotel room, which they snagged on Priceline for $50, and they paid the shuttle bus driver partly in chocolate.


And our last word in business today is extreme thrift. It's a new sport some companies are taking up in this recession. And a small New York chocolate company may have set a new record. The candy upstart, called Sweetriot, recently sent five people on a trip to trade shows in San Francisco and Sundance, Utah. They snagged a hotel room on Priceline for 50 bucks. They paid the shuttle bus driver partly in chocolate to save dollars, and they crammed five people into one hotel room, including the CEO, Sarah Endline.

Ms. SARAH ENDLINE (CEO, Sweetriot): There are so many travel deals and travel sites out there, whether it be Priceline, Orbitz. Or, you can rent apartments when you go to trade shows, on Craigslist. It is so easy today to make your travel cheap.

MONTAGNE: Sarah Endline says thrift is already part of the culture of upstart businesses. And the recession is prompting even more penny-pinching.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.


And I'm Ari Shapiro.

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