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Marketing Ideas

Hi Folks,   I am in the process of developing a marketing plan for my chocolate shop business, especially as we open new stores.  I am inte…

Started by Stu Jordan

6 Feb 11, 2012
Reply by Bruce Stone

Chocolates of Ecuador -- Arriba, Nacional, CCN51

There is debate about the Arriba bean and whether indeed there is any such thing any longer. Some say that Arriba is one bean in a category…

Started by Casey

72 Feb 4, 2012
Reply by Max Myers

Hershey - How Responsible is Responsible?

The "Fair" trade world is abuzz this week with an announcement by Hershey that it is expanding efforts in the area of cocoa sustainability…

Started by Clay Gordon

6 Feb 4, 2012
Reply by Predrag Miladinovic

What's the best dark chocolate you tasted in 2011?

This year I tasted a lot of good chocolate. But which one is the most gorgeous? Idilio, Maranon Fortunato No 4, Rio Napo, Beschle 88%, Orig…

Started by Vera Hofman

10 Jan 28, 2012
Reply by Tom

chocolate franchise

hi seasons greetings to all , i am interested to own a chocolate franchise in my home town CHENNAI - INDIA if anybody have information abou…

Started by SURESH

6 Jan 24, 2012
Reply by Ton Stam

DessertsHouse.com Chocolate Melter

Does anyone have any experience with these melters?  They seem to be a great price at less than $500 for an 18kg chocolate melter.    I jus…

Started by George Trejo

20 Jan 19, 2012
Reply by Clay Gordon

Fair Trade USA to split from FLO/FI

In a move that has sent shockwaves of disbelief throughout the "fair trade" industry worldwide, Fair Trade USA (until recently TransFair US…

Started by Clay Gordon

5 Jan 10, 2012
Reply by Rodney Nikkels

What are your impressions of certification programs like Fair Trade?

Certification programs like Fair Trade attract a lot of attention and there is a growing number of consumers interested in Fair Trade choco…

Started by Clay Gordon

10 Dec 31, 2011
Reply by Ancel Mitchell

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Brad!

Hi Everyone;   Having been on and off this forum for a few years now, and been roasted, ridiculed, and revered (mostly roasted and ridicule…

Started by Brad Churchill

4 Dec 24, 2011
Reply by Jim

West African cocoa and Gourmet chocolate

Is there a legitimate role for the mild West African cocoas in the Gourmet Chocolate industry?

Started by Alan

5 Dec 17, 2011
Reply by Sebastian

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