OCHO Chocolate Factory

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Monday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

10 Roberts Street, Central Dunedin

03 425 7819

OCHO Chocolate on Roberts Street is a haven for anyone who appreciates high-quality chocolate and business done right.

When Cadbury closed their Dunedin factory in 2017, an industry that had existed in the city for over 150 years looked like it would simply disappear. In direct response to Cadbury's closure, a small group of volunteers led by Dunedin City Councilor Jim O'Malley started the Own the Factory campaign. They raised $2 million through crowdfunding in just 32 hours. With that money, they bought OCHO from founder Liz Rowe and opened a new state-of-the-art factory at Roberts Street.

Many years on, OCHO, which stands for Otago Chocolate Company, offers a product and way of doing business that is hard not to get behind. They have managed to keep the artisanal focus but also scale production up to factory levels. Today, OCHO is one of the largest craft chocolate makers in New Zealand producing around 300 kilos a week and up to 10,000 bars.

Craft chocolate is defined first and foremost by its ingredients, and OCHO sources its ingredients very carefully. Cocoa and sugar are the only ingredients that appear in every bar as production is done in such a way that emulsifiers and other icky additives are not required.

The Horopito & Kawakawa bar is one of OCHO’s most popular products. It’s a treat, but still retains a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. The milk chocolate, another favourite, is made with cocoa from Papua New Guinea and is 48% cocoa with a hint of vanilla at the end. It’s got that sweet aspect but a hint of pure cocoa still comes through.

OCHO doesn’t just deliver when it comes to the end product, though – how they get there is equally as important. Their chocolate is made in small batches from cocoa sourced exclusively from within the Pacific, bought directly from growers who predominantly run small, family plots. The end result is pure, delicious chocolate, which is mindfully and fairly produced.

The business itself is actually owned by more than 3,300 individual investors and was the first company in Dunedin to be accredited by Living Wage Aotearoa. Here, there’s a true relationship between the growers, the makers and the investors.

Check OCHO’s website and social media for hours and tasting times. Their 25-minute tastings are a treat (literally) and shed even more light on this business for which there is so much to be proud of.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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10 Roberts Street, Central Dunedin

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