Here are our top five products to stock in the trending CHOCOLATE category. For more information and insights see our latest issue of Supermarket News Magazine.

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Bennetto Natural Foods co is a small company based in Christchurch, their simple goal is to make great chocolate that is planet friendly and a great price. They currently produce Fairtrade, organic and vegan certified chocolate products from single origin cocoa in their own facility and in partnership with a bean to bar, carbon neutral manufacturer in Switzerland.

Their latest range of 100g chocolate bars offers exciting flavour combinations through entirely natural ingredients, high cocoa percentages and free form soy, dairy or preservatives.  As all cocoa is carefully sourced from small-scale farming cooperatives in Peru and Ecuador they produce a vibrant full flavour chocolate that despite the high cocoa percentage is not bitter and appeals to both foodies and the eco-enthusiasts.

They are thrilled to introduce their new 30g mini bar range in three delicious flavours – Raspberry, Coconut and Coffee bean, and are now accepting pre-orders for an early June release.

For more information contact Lucy Bennetto on sales@bennetto.co.nz or visit www.bennetto.co.nz.


Unwrap one of these gorgeously elegant packages, and you’ll discover what could be the most remarkable tasting and looking chocolate in New Zealand. Far from ordinary, it’s luxury and definitely a little piece of everyday indulgence.

The Remarkable Chocolate Co is proud to introduce to supermarkets their organic dark chocolate, single origin “Chocolate Bark”. As with all their chocolates, their Bark is handcrafted in New Zealand. For those that are new to Bark, you will discover a deep flavour with thin hand poured sheets of chocolate that enrobe hand selected ingredients. The perfect daily treat, gorgeous small gift, or show-stopping party nibble.

Available in four sophisticated flavours:

  • Ginger with salted caramel brittle
  • Marshmallow, toasted coconut and raspberries
  • Roasted hazelnuts and orange zest
  • Roasted almonds with crispy quinoa

The Remarkable Chocolate Co understand that traceability and good food choices are essential to their discerning customers. Given this, every flavour is made with gluten-free ingredients, and no palm oil or refined sugar and almost all are vegan, dairy and soy-free.

For information and sales, please contact Tracey Melville-Smith - Founder at Tracey@remarkablechocolate.com or phone 027 591 3424

Healthy NZ Made Chocolate and Cacao Products

In March 2013 C-Corp N.Z Ltd started producing Solomons Gold chocolate in their custom-made factory in Tauranga. The factory is Kosher certified, vegan-friendly and free of nuts, dairy, soy and gluten. Not only that but Solomons Gold chocolate is also cane sugar free – instead, they choose to use coconut sap sugar which has a low GI.

The current product range includes six 55g Solomons Gold 70 percent cacao dairy, nut, gluten, soy, and cane sugar-free bars:

Smooth Dark (winner of a Silver medal at the London Academy of Chocolate 2017)

Dark Berry (winner of a Bronze medal New Zealand Chocolate Awards 2017)

Dark Orange (winner of a Bronze medal New Zealand Chocolate Awards 2017)

Dark Nib (75 percent cacao)

Dark Mint and Dark Caramel

Solomons Gold also produces three sizes of cacao nibs and chocolate kibble (chips) – all gluten, nut, dairy, and soy free with an organic coconut sap sugar.

It’s what we don’t put in our chocolate that makes it special.

Proudly local, supporting locals.



Whittaker’s New Caramel

Since they started making chocolate over 120 years ago, Whittaker’s have always believed that best is better. That’s why they have spent three years crafting a new creamier, smoother and more velvety caramel filling.

And now, after years of trialling and tasting, tweaking their recipe 59 times, Andrew and Brian are finally happy. Delighted in fact. So much so that they have included their new caramel in two delicious new blocks.

The first is the Creamy Caramel. Here, Whittaker’s luscious caramel is covered in their super smooth, 5 Roll Refined, 33% cocoa Creamy Milk chocolate.

Then, for the Dark Chocolate Lovers, Whittaker’s added a delightful hint of salt to their caramel before smothering it in decadent 62% dark chocolate.

These are two blocks that you will want to stock from the start.

For more information phone 04 237 5021 or visit www.whittakers.co.nz

In 2011, the Queen Anne factory opened in Christchurch and the chocolates today are made using the tried and trusted recipes of Sarah Adams’ grandfather, iconic baker Ernest Adams.

Today, the look and feel of the brand has had a bit of a refresh, to keep on-trend and in-line with consumer demand. Not only are the margins generous for the retailer, the chocolates have been developed into an everyday indulgence. While continuing the traditionally seasonal boxed chocolates, Queen Anne’s range of handcrafted retro Marshmallow Bars (55g) has been growing in popularity with consumers.

The marshmallow bars are available in vibrant and delicious flavours like Boysenberry, Caramel, and Raspberry, in milk or dark chocolate. The Dark Chocolate Boysenberry Bar was a Finalist and Highly Commended in the Artisan Category of the NZFOOD Awards 2017.

For more information, to order (and maybe get a sample), call 03 357 0085.