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How Did You Choose Your Market Location

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michelle-Jo Garfield Aug 10, 2010. 8 Replies

Hi All,As someone who is just beginning to learn about chocolate and dreaming about having my own business in a few years, I'm starting to think about where we'd like tolive and run the business. I'm…Continue

Belgium Chocolate Tour ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendy Buckner May 15, 2010. 1 Reply

Dear Chocolate Life Members,I recently posted some comments to questions by a member about her upcoming trip to France and Belgium.Having lived in Europe for more than 10 years, I've learned a bit…Continue

The Business of Chocolate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Van Horn Aug 6, 2011. 13 Replies

Hi Everyone,Can someone tell me where I can find information on the business of chocolate? I'm looking to learn:1. How to choose a regional market (I want to market chocolate online but also in a…Continue

 

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Jeff Slaughter replied to Jennifer Cooper's discussion For Sale Chocovison 1.5 tempering machine in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Jennifer - is your machine still available?"
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Jeff Slaughter and Jessica Conrad are now friends
Aug 14, 2013
Marcia Schuffman replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"Really good ideas. I know I didn't post the initial inquiry, but this is very helpful.maks"
Jul 17, 2013
Diane A Holland replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"My process is to  1-read lots of professional recipes and test them out by making them the way that you like them 2-take classes with professionals. Ecole Chocolat, Chocolate Academy, Ewald Notter, Pre-gel series 3-make them again with what you…"
Jul 16, 2013
Jeff Slaughter and NutraRich Philippines are now friends
Jul 15, 2013
Jeff Slaughter replied to Larry's discussion Shrink Wrapping & Shelf Life
"Larry, Do you know about this class offered by Ecole Chocolat? http://www.ecolechocolat.com/chocolate-quality.php I'm planning to take it! Hope this helps, Jeff"
Jul 15, 2013
Anjali Gupta replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"Hi Jeff, I am in a similar position. I am also starting up, and looking for a place. It is difficult to find someone who understands your product.  I started out by talking to a marketing professional, who didn't really know artisan…"
Jul 14, 2013
D. O. Christian Rieger replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"They will buy what tastes amazing. There is a lot of ordinary chocolate out there. And everyone and his brother is doing bars. I suspect it is mainly because it is cheap and easy to set up and produce. Truffles is another matter.   When you…"
Jun 18, 2013
Marcia Schuffman replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"I agree with Christian that hiring a consultant, within your market, is an option. But finding that consultant can be hard. You're looking for someone that knows what sells in your desired marketplace.  There are a couple of other options…"
Jun 18, 2013
Need beans replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"I think a good place to start is make some chocolates and take them down to your local market...."
Jun 18, 2013
D. O. Christian Rieger replied to Jeff Slaughter's discussion Developing a Chocolate Line in the group Startup Central
"Instead of learning by trial and error, hire a consultant. No sense in re-inventing the wheel."
Jun 17, 2013
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Developing a Chocolate Line

Hey Everyone,I'm looking for advice on developing a chocolate line.Here are some basic questions running through my mind:1) Other than making products, selling them and learning by trial and error, how does one know what kinds of products sell well and which ones don't? (Pralines (filled chocolates) vs. truffles (European-style) vs. bars vs. solid products, etc.2) Same question for ganaches, creams, fillings, etc. How do you know what people want? Do you just narrow it down by trail and error…See More
Jun 17, 2013
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Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.
Jun 8, 2013
Jeff Slaughter replied to Heidi Caren's discussion FOR SALE: POLYCARBONATE MOLDS, PACKAGING ETC... in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Would love to see list of what you have left. E-mail: JeffKathyS@hotmail.com Thanks!"
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Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

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Jun 7, 2013
Jeff Slaughter updated their profile
Feb 15, 2012

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Living in Belgium, I've had many memorable chocolate experiences :) My favorite place to go is the Neuhaus 'seconds' store where you can have free samples! You can also purchase 3 one-kilo boxes of chocolate for 30 euros.

I write a website called 'www.brussels-belgium-travel-guide.com' and I'm developing a Belgian chocolate section. I'm really enjoying meeting Belgian chocolatiers, hearing their stories, and sampling their chocolates!

I hope to return to the USA one day and open my own artisanal chocolate business.
My favorite chocolate is:
Neuhaus

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At 1:06pm on July 2, 2010, Wendy Buckner said…
Hey Jeff!! Just found out that I got my grant!! Thanks again for your help!! I will keep you posted on when we will be going and maybe we could all meet up?? That'd be great! I'd love to buy you a box of chocolates for helping us out!
At 11:35pm on May 7, 2010, Wendy Buckner said…
Hi Jeff! Thanks SO much for all of your tips! It will be a huge help! I am applying for a grant and this will help with my plan! Much appreciated! I don't know much about ecolechocolate, but I think your plan sounds nice. I met someone who was taking their online classes for chocolate and I couldn't figure out how that would work. It is such a hands on thing to learn! They seemed to like it though. I actually went to the French Pastry School in Chicago. I absolutely LOVED it! It was very tough...but SO worth it! I learned pastries, breads, chocolate, sugar, etc... It was a 6 month long course...so I would say if you are mostly interested in chocolate, then I think Belgium would be an amazing place to study! How inspiring it would be! I love working with chocolate. I never get tired of it. I learn new things all of the time. I love sculpting with it a lot too. Creating all of my own recipes is so rewarding. I hope you get to study chocolate soon!
Jeff...I am signing off for now. I am afraid these busy Mother's Day hours have caught up with me! I hope to talk more soon! I may have a few more questions for you.
Thanks again! ~Wendy
At 12:18am on May 6, 2010, Wendy Buckner said…
Hey Jeff! Thanks for the quick reply! So are you in America now? I am going to San Francisco in June for my first "chocolate trip". I am excited about it! My budget for France/Belgium is $3,000.00 which will have to include airfare. I have been thinking September for some reason (probably because it is right before my busy season)...but I would love to go at the best time of the year. I want to take in a lot of art while we are there as well. My husband and I are both artists and chocolatiers... I also hope to visit Barry Callebaut and lots of small...not so famous shops too. Thank you for the list of places to go to...It will really help me plan things out! It is really overwhelming! Especially since we have never been to Europe.
At 11:42pm on May 5, 2010, Wendy Buckner said…
Hey Jeff! I am trying to plan a "chocolate trip" to France and Belgium. I would love any information you could help me with! I am trying to plan my itinerary this week, with Brussels being one stop for sure. I did look at your website and got a lot of information from it...but I am hoping to find the best places to stay on a tight budget. Hotel Madeleine? When is the best time to visit? What chocolate shops should I go to? ....etc... I would appreciate any help! I am applying for some assistance to help fund this trip so I can come anytime this year...except around the holidays because I have my own chocolate shop I need to run. Thanks! ~Wendy
 
 
 

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