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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

One Bar, Two Bar, Red Bar.....

I know... It sounds like a caption of Dr. Seuss Chocolate!  Haha!   I've been trying to do things a little different than everyone else and…

Started by Brad Churchill

15 Nov 17, 2011
Reply by Ice Blocks!

Questions for the Retail shop owner

I am currently in the process of renewing a commercial kitchen lease and have been considering opening a retail shop.  I wondered for those…

Started by Elaine Hsieh

5 Nov 4, 2011
Reply by Ellie Spaulding

Roasted cocoa nibs packaging

Hello, I would like to offer to my clients roasted cocoa nibs, and I have some questions about packagind solutions. I know that some chocol…

Started by Maria

1 Nov 1, 2011
Reply by George Trejo

Organic Cocoa Beans

Recently I talked to a chocolate producer and was told that organically grown cocoa beans are being fumigated prior to entering the United…

Started by helmut placek

2 Oct 31, 2011
Reply by Tom Neuhaus

Savour Chocolate School in Melbourne

I am contemplating a visit to Savour in January to do 17 days of training.   Has anyone been to this school?  If so, did you find the exper…

Started by Stu Jordan

4 Oct 26, 2011
Reply by Stu Jordan

What does "Sustainable" mean to you, when it comes to cocoa?

Mars just announced that many of its products in the Netherlands will be UTZ certified starting February 2012. Accompanying the announcemen…

Started by Clay Gordon

11 Oct 25, 2011
Reply by Thomas Forbes


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