We operate a medium sized chocolate business in a tourist town in the very south of Western Australia. We have been trading for nearly two years and have enjoyed the challenge. Despite good turnover it's a struggle to get a return on the investment.
A major factor is the cost of couverture in Australia. A 10kg bag of Callebaut will cost around $180 in Australia whereas we understand in the UK it would be about fifty five pounds and in the US around eighty dollars(US).
So why is it more than twice the price in Oz? Could it be that only one company has the import rights? Has anyone managed to get a better deal on other brands?
If you are using a lot or can buy more in bulk it is work talking to the guys who are supplying you and getting them to knock it back. Or go further up the chain to their supplier and get if from them if you are purchasing a lot - that is what one of my friends did.
That price though $18 per kg is a pretty good price in this country though.