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Goodness what a difference a crowd-funding campaign can make!

Last December OCHO headed into Christmas with plenty of chocolate on the shelves and good supplies for the Otago Farmers’ Market each week.

This December we have come out of a major PledgeMe crowd-funding campaign and we’re delighted to have 3570 new shareholder owners. Understandably they want to enjoy our chocolate as do many New Zealanders who heard the OCHO story during our crowd funding campaign.

But all this has meant a significant increase in the demand for OCHO in the past month. Not that we’re complaining, the crowdfunding campaign was all about allowing us to make more great chocolate. It’s just that we’re not yet scaled up to meet this increase in demand. However, the team is working flat out to get all the orders processed so please bear with us - we promise we’re working as quickly as our equipment will allow.

Christmas Online Orders

We want to ensure everyone receives their Christmas chocolate orders, so to allow us to make chocolate and get it to couriers in time for delivery to you note the close off for orders.

Online Christmas Orders Close at 3pm on Monday 18 December

This will allow us enough time to make and pack orders and get them to the courier. We will still process orders received after that, but can't give any guarantees about whether they'll get to you by Christmas. The couriers get pretty busy too at this time of year and their usual delivery times aren't always met.

Online orders after 21 December

The OCHO online shop will not process any orders received after Thursday 21 December 2017 until Monday 8 January 2018. Please understand if you place an online order during this time it won’t be dispatched until after we resume processing the week commencing Monday 8 January 2018.

Otago Farmers’ Market

We will be at the Otago Famers’ Market this weekend and next (Saturday December 16 and 23) with chocolate supplies for Christmas. After that we're going to take a break for a couple of weeks and be back at the market from Saturday 13 January 2018.

OCHO Vogel Street Café

We've had to limit the amount of chocolate available through the shop due to unprecedented demand. That means the best way to get chocolate is to do an online order so we know everyone is processed in turn. If you are local and want to collect your order, make a note of that with your online order and put your mobile number so we can text when it's ready. We'll refund the courier fee. The café will also be closed for a couple of weeks over the Christmas break. We will close from 4pm on Friday 22 December and reopen at 8am on Monday 8 January 2018.

PledgeMe Processing

We have had a few people contact us concerned about being contacted by PledgeMe to verify their identity. This is standard practice made necessary by New Zealand’s Anti-Money Laundering legislation. PledgeMe are almost through processing all the pledges and we look forward to officially welcoming all our new shareholders early in the New Year. If you haven't heard from PledgeMe, please check your profile notifications as some of their messages may have hit spam folders. If still nothing, then send them an email at equity@pledgeme.co.nz..

Gifting shares

Some pledgers plan to gift some shares to others. The forms will be sent by the OCHO team as soon as possible, but you can note this gift in cards to your loved ones.

Thanks

Your support over 2017 has been amazing and at the same time very humbling.

At the beginning of 2017 we had no of what lay ahead. Finishing 2017 with 3570 new shareholders and the record for the fastest PledgeMe campaign has set us up for what will be another year of firsts in 2018. We have placed the order for new chocolate making equipment from Italy and are working on designing a new factory so that next Christmas we will be easily able to accommodate all your orders.

Until then, stay safe and take time to stop, enjoy your family and friends and be thankful for the year we have enjoyed.

All the best, Liz and the OCHO team.

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