Cocoa beans are often sold to coffee and chocolate shops. All you need to do to sell your cocoa beans is find a manufacturer that uses them. Sometimes this involves going online or going directly to the manufacturer to sell your beans. There are plenty of resources to help you get started in successfully selling your cocoa beans. But as with any product, you should always have a few marketing tactics and develop skills in networking to ensure success in the industry.
Go to sites such as eBay and ECPlaza and create an account to list your cocoa beans. Many distributors use websites such as these to sell their products, and many sell items such as cocoa beans to manufacturers that need them.
Enter “Cocoa beans” in the search box to get an idea of the buyers in your market. Many will request cocoa beans of a certain grade, which will help you determine what grade your cocoa beans should be to increase your chances of selling.
Contact coffee and chocolate shops in your neighborhood, particularly independent shops, and discuss the possibility of becoming a cocoa bean distributor. You should be prepared to discuss the origin and grade of the cocoa beans. Once you’ve built up a reputation for selling your cocoa beans, you can branch outside the neighborhood.
Create a website and business cards so that you have a presence in the market. Network at food events and craft fairs to get the word out about your product. Make sure your website and business cards include your contact details and a clever name for your cocoa bean business.
Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.