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Market Outlook - February 6, 2020


TCHO chocolate factory is located in Berkley, CA, where their complex chocolates are created with the highest quality flavor and flawless performance in mind. We offer the following varieties:

39% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A classic milk chocolate with rich caramel notes, hints of butterscotch and honey.
53% Cacao Milk Chocolate (6.6# bag)- A dark milk chocolate with a rich, fudgy flavor and creamy finish.
60.5% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Complex chocolatey notes with hints of raisins, vanilla and a lingering caramel finish.
66% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Warm complex cocoa notes with hints of dried cherries, currants and roasted coffee.
68% Chocolately Dark Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Robust cocoa richness with notes of roasted coffee, nuts, and raisins.
81% Extra Dark Chocolate (3kg/6.6# bag)- Sharp, bright, acidic flavor balanced by rich and fudgy notes. This decadent chocolate also has hints of almond, hazelnut, and tangy dried cherry.
99% Unsweetened Chocolate (6.6# bag)- Smooth, complex, and rich, this unsweetened chocolate has hints of espresso with a toasted undertone.
100% Cocoa Powder (4.4# bag)- Very versatile, all natural, high fat cocoa powder made with no chemical processing. Rich chocolate flavors are balanced with delicate acidity. Ideal for baking, ice cream, and garnishing.
100% Roasted Cocoa Nibs (3.3# bag)- Deep, nutty, and toasty chocolate flavor with hints of chicory and coffee, these cocoa nibs have a crunchy, nut-like texture. Great for garnishing, incorporating into marinades or sauces, or sprinkling on ice cream.
Drinking Chocolate (6.6# bag)- TCHO Drinking Chocolate is made from ground up dark chocolate bars to create an intensely rich, deep fudgy flavor. Reminiscent of decadent European-style drinking chocolate, TCHO’s not-too-sweet version is perfect for making a cozy cup of extraordinary hot chocolate. You can also use the drinking chocolate for any iced chocolate drink, chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse, and more!

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Market Outlook - January 20, 2019


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The recent freezing temperatures in several growing regions have caused significant harvesting and growing issues. Numerous crops have been affected throughout California and Arizona. Rain, freezing nightly temperatures, below-average daytime highs, and high winds have caused damage to crops such as lettuce, spinach, arugula, broccoli, herbs, and many more. These weather related issues include:
  • A higher chance of mold, mildew, and disease
  • Dehydrated leaves or stems
  • Brittle product
  • Oxidation (pink ribs)
  • Discoloration in leaves
  • Fringe burn
  • Blistering
  • Shorter shelf life
It can take many weeks for plants to recover, if at all. Freeze damage has made evaluating fields and upcoming supplies very difficult. Long-range forecasts show freezing temperatures are expected to continue. As a direct result, the fields are also experiencing lower yields. All of these factors have caused an increase in pricing, even in crops that typically have a steady market.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your sales rep or to our office during normal business hours. We will provide updates as they are available.

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Market Outlook - January 9, 2019

seasonal citrus

citrus rows vertical mc 300X300Melogolds– A cross between a Pummelo and a White Grapefruit, this fruit has a very thick rind, yellowish-green pebbly skin, and pale yellow flesh that is sweet-tart in flavor. Almost seedless and very juicy, this delightful fruit can stand on its own, and is great in salads. Melogolds are only available for a few months throughout the year from Twin Peaks Orchard in a 25# case.

Cara Cara Oranges– A type of navel orange, crossed with a ruby red grapefruit. It has a distinctive pinkish red flesh that is characterized by a sweet cranberry-like flavor; seedless, tender and extremely juicy with bright citrus aromatics. It is a great juicing orange for cocktails/beverages. It is also delicious eaten out of hand or in salads, marmalades, jams, compotes, and syrups. 20# case.

Satsuma Mandarins– A seedless, easy to peel mandarin with rich, tart-sweet flavor. Available by the 25# case and pound. Please note that Satsumas from Twin Peaks and Mandarin Hill have finished for the season.

Meyer Lemons– A cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The Meyer is smaller and rounder than a regular lemon with smooth skin. Its flavor is as distinct as the flesh; much less acidic, making them sweeter than other varieties. Available in a 10# case or by the pound.

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