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Huge jump in prices for Amedei products
June 23, 2006
1:40 am
Eshra
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Bars have skyrocketed in price since being restocked for several choco-supplying websites.

An article was printed in Food and Wine a few weeks back, essentially calling Amedei the ‘World’s Best Chocolate.’

This seemed to have caused people to go to sites like chocosphere(this site was mentioned in the article) and worldwidechocolate to buy up all the Amedei, because nearly every Amedei product was unavailable for 2 weeks.

The sites have since restocked Amedei, but have raised prices 50% For example: bars of Chuao and Porcelana were 9 and 10 dollars before, but are now going for 15 a piece.

Napolitain boxes of Chuao and Porcelana (55 grams) are now selling for 20 dollars, when previously they were going for around 12 and 13, respectively.

La Tavoletta bars jumped from 8 dollars to 11 dollars.

This all seems a little bold, in my opinion.

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June 23, 2006
5:44 pm
seneca
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I should point out that Amedei changed its importer/distributor right around the time the Food & Wine article came out, which was the fundamental cause of the lack of availbility. Since some sources no longer get product directly from Amedei, there’s naturally going to be a price raise, although I haven’t seen such an increase as you report, at least not locally…

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June 23, 2006
10:45 pm
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Think I’d predicted this about a year ago in another thread (don’t have the time to search for it now), cause being the huge flooding in venezuela last year. Combined with the practices of Chavez, this makes for an expensive operation..

June 24, 2006
5:50 am
Eshra
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What in the world does Chavez have to do with Amedei’s prices? I thought that Amedei had worked out a special relationship with Chuao farmers, etc…?

Maybe Chavez tried the chocolate and decided to horde it;)

June 24, 2006
12:11 pm
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He’s trying to return control of most industries to the gov’t, and has taken a difficult stance with many foreign trade policies

June 24, 2006
5:12 pm
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I have heard from someone who just visited Venezuela on a cacao-sourcing trip that indeed Chavez is causing trouble in that market. Despite the agreement that Amedei has with Chuao, the government/Chavez can make things very difficult. Venezuela is certainly not moving in the direction of freer markets, cacao or otherwise.

On a personal note, I think that bars like Chuao are easily worth $100/lb (in bar or square form), and that the $106-$109/lb that Chocosphere is charging is not excessively expensive. Of course the Chuao couverture is far less expensive, coming in at only $33/lb.

Alan

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June 26, 2006
9:54 am
alex_h
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could the rise in prices have something to do with the low dollar? i haven’t seen the prices for amedei go up here in germany.