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We’ve got 72 hours to go before the 24th, which actually leaves us about 96 hours more of sales. I’ve already surpassed my sales goals for the first six months which I am quite pleased with. Just a bit uncomfortable about the remaining product I still have on hand; I’m not sure if it will all go, though there is still plenty of time left for the last minute rush. I will be supremely delighted if most of it goes, so I am crossing my fingers. We slowed down production quite a bit this week, as I believe I have enough to get me to Christmas eve. Most of my main sales have been large orders for corporate customers, which is a good sign that the product is getting known and recognized for its quality. I’ve also had quite a number of foreigners come; they’re the ones who can appreciate the chocolate and are willing to pay for quality. I’ve also had a number of people show up who saw us at one of the many Christmas Bazars we were at, so I know the publicity is paying off. I continue to record segments for one of the local TV cable channels, and am writing another article for a local magazine, so opportunities for collaboration and free publicity continue to abound. I’m a bit nervous about the slowdown in January but I think we are establishing ourselves as a quality brand with a product unlike anyone else’s here, so things generally look good.  Our goal for next year, however, is to get exporting underway. This includes finalizing packaging, labeling, and finding clients in the US, of which we may already have one. 

Welcome to Destination Ecuador!

Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>

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