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Should I be 1099'd for a customer's purchases?

I have a customer that buys chocolates from me to give away in her welcome packages ( it's a vaca-rental co.) and she says she needs to 109…

Started by Paul John Kearins

5 Jan 27
Reply by Paul John Kearins

cacao bean shortages?prices rising?

i am curious if anyone has any info regarding rising cacao prices and if a there is a shortage? I read an article, but it seemed to focus o…

Started by beth campbell

0 Jan 23

Best purees?

Hi! I'm wanting to get advice on the best brands of fruit purees and best places to order them. Any advice greatly appreciated

Started by Krista

5 Jan 22
Reply by Krista

Belcolade opinions?

Hi! What's your opinion on Belcolade couvertures? Especially the noir superieur or other darks? Opinions on any of their product line appre…

Started by Krista

0 Jan 22

COCOA butter press - really necessary?

Guys, what is your take on natural cocoa butter vs deodorized cocoa butter in the recipe?  Would natural fresh pressed cocoa butter add or…

Started by Domantas Uzpalis

5 Jan 20
Reply by Clay Gordon

Ideas for a chocolate festival...?

Even though I'm not a professional, after some trips to Brussels I got more into chocolate, (almost at an addiction level) its history and…

Started by Porfyra

5 Jan 6
Reply by Dallas Chocolate / Sander Wolf

Fair Trade vs Direct Trade

I run a FT/Org chocolate business (Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates) using a chocolate that incorporates Trinitario beans from Dominican Repu…

Started by Tom Neuhaus

2 Dec 30, 2013
Reply by Juan Pablo Buchert

Truffle Shells (pre-made)

Hey everyone! I plan on buying pre-made truffle shells for my truffles. I'm not sure which ones to get since everyone I talk to has differ…

Started by John E

4 Dec 24, 2013
Reply by Clay Gordon

Inventory Control Software

We need some help. We are starting to speak to markets that require bar codes to be on their shelves. We use Macs and would like to stay wi…

Started by Corey Meyer

8 Dec 18, 2013
Reply by John Duxbury

What is the production cost per bar of Mast Brothers chocolate?

I am doing some market research and I am trying to find out the production cost per bar for high end boutique bean to bar chocolatiers in t…

Started by Karam

3 Dec 13, 2013
Reply by Paul Picton


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