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We’ve been trying to find packaging, boxes, and other stuff we need for export, and as is so typical here, you either can’t find what you need, or you have to order 100 gazillion units of it if they do have it. We have been searching high and low, first off, for foil-backed paper for wrapping chocolate bars. No one, I mean no one, has it, we’ve called all the printers in basically the whole country who might have it. We found one place with something that might work, but the price is 3x what it is in the US, so even after importing it, it would still be cheaper. We found another place that has it, but the minimum order was 100,000 units.

So then we started looking into metallic polyproplyene, but this is the stuff for machine wrapping. You see it on chocolate bars in the supermarket, it’s the stuff they put on granola bars, snack bars, individual cookies, and numerous other food products. And no one would sell us less than 500 kilos of the stuff. What would we do with 500 kilos (1100 lbs.) of polypropylene? I’ll let you know how I solve this one.

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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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