I am currently writing a business plan for a new retail chocolate shop. This will be 180* from anything I've done but I am ready to make the leap. However, I am having difficulty projecting my costs for goods - I cannot apply for a wholesale account anywhere as I don't have a business yet. But I can't finish the business plan without at least some ballpark estimates of purchasing high quality chocolate bars and products, globally, wholesale to ship to California. These would be consumer-ready products.
Can anyone point me to a resource for data? Many thanks!
BBFDirect.com is great for buyers, you can see wholesale pricing and recommended retail from a HUGE number of chocolatiers and bean to bar products.
Check out Albert Uster. They have a large variety of items and you can compare prices.
I had the same problem a little while ago. I just decided to call and email a few places I was interested in. I told them that I was thinking of opening a shop and was still in the pricing stage. I told them I still was not sure what supplier I wanted to go with, and needed to compare wholesale prices. They then sent me a list of their wholesale prices! Most places will not let you order from that list until you have a business license, but at least you have the data you need. It amazing what a "pretty please" can do. =D