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CONTENT PERCENTAGE. Single origin.
These are mentioned frequently when
discussing chocolate, but what do these
numbers and terms mean?
The content percentage listed
represents the ratio of cocoa mass
and cocoa butter to sugar and any other
ingredients. The higher the percentage,
the more chocolate in the mix. It takes
1 kilogram ( 2. 2 pounds) of fresh cocoa
beans to create enough cocoa mass and
cocoa butter to make 0.5
kilogram ( 1 pound) of 70
per cent chocolate.
uses cocoa beans from a
single source, sometimes
a single estate.
Costco’s goal is to use chocolate
sourced from the farming program in
as many Kirkland Signature chocolate
products as possible. It is currently
used in Kirkland Signature Milk
Chocolate Covered Raisins and Milk
Chocolate Macadamia Caramel Clusters,
as well as Kirkland Signature Chocolate
Chips, Kirkland Signature Chocolate
Truffles and Kirkland Signature Soft &
Chewy Granola Bars.—SN
Costco chocolate facts
wife for the site ( 40 healthy babies have
already been delivered), and the maternity
ward provides pre- and postnatal care to
4,500 women in seven communities. The
facility is also used for other purposes;
11,000 polio vaccines have been administered to local children there.
So far more than $200,000 in funding
from Costco has helped build seven projects,
ranging from secure storage facilities and a
community centre to schools, health-care
facilities and a maternity ward. More than
20,000 people in the area now have access to
vital services, and six more projects began in
Tess sums it up: “We are disciplined in
how we manage the sourcing program. Our
suppliers have on-ground expertise and a
direct relationship with the farming communities, and our system is short without middle-men. Therefore we can afford to pay farmers
fair prices and support community improvements, while still offering great value and
quality to our members. It’s a healthy way to
do business.” C
Sherrie Newman ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
lives in the Seattle area with her family.
hearing aid batteries
Sizes 10, 13, 312, and 675 are
available now at our Hearing
Aid Centre or at the Pharmacy.
batteries at an
Pharmacies in Costco’s Quebec locations are independently owned and operated.
™ Kirkland Signature is a trademark owned by Costco Wholesale Corporation and is used under licence in Canada.