I am working on my business plan right now for a micro loan and I am looking for the same kind of data. Did you ever have any luck finding some?
Thank you. Thats what I found too. But Tought I would chcek with you in case you'd had more luck then me!
I hate business plans with a passion. Unless you are entering a well-known market, it's all guesswork. Fiction. Most of the industry reports are just educated guesswork.
In good IT startups, prototyping and quick learning is valued over planning. Because artisan chocolate is such a new, small segment, the same rules apply.
Can you start selling for an investment less than $5,000? Prove you can manufature, condition and sell - whether it be at farmer's markets, online, etc. This might be more than enough to convince lenders.