FCCI Flash Poll: Coronavirus and its potential impacts on small chocolate businesses
The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing the way society functions. In order to mitigate the spread of the disease, large gatherings are being cancelled, schools are moving online, and a vast part of the labor force is working from home. The hope is that social distancing can “flatten the curve,” slowing down the rate of infection enough to both lower the ultimate number of people infected, and to spread those infections out over many months so that our healthcare system does not become overwhelmed.

We know that social distancing works to limit spread of the disease. But it needs to be accompanied by an equal effort toward creating mutual aid networks to support communities. Social Distance Does Not Equal Social Isolation. In our local communities, neighbors need to help neighbors right now, and this will be especially true for vulnerable populations like the elderly, or people who are quarantined. In our broader communities, it will also be true for small business owners and their employees facing potentially serious financial losses.

For those operating small chocolate businesses who complete this survey, we anticipate being able to direct community support in three areas:
- targeted information dissemination
- immediate needs-matching (more one-off)
- network building (growing infrastructure for chocolate companies and the customers who love them to support one another in the longer term)

We seek 1 completed survey per organization. If there is another person at your organization who is better suited to answer the poll, please forward this survey link to them.

**We encourage responses to the poll by this Tuesday, March 17th by 5 PM EST. In acknowledgment of the fact that news regarding the coronavirus is still developing, the poll will remain open until Friday, March 20th at 5 PM EST.

**All individual answers will be kept confidential. Response data will be shared in the aggregate.

Note: There are a number of resources already available to support food and beverage professionals in responding to the outbreak. We at FCCI are closely monitoring news related to coronavirus, food, and labor, and are regularly sharing resources via social media as the situation develops. You can access those resources via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (@chocoinstitute), LinkedIn (Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute), or our Executive Director's growing Twitter thread on food, labor, and COVID-19: https://twitter.com/carladmartin/status/1237550242058260480?s=20

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey. Please reach out to our team at contact@chocolateinstitute.org with any questions.
How much has your organization been impacted by the spread of the coronavirus, or do you expect it to be impacted? *
Which of the following impacts has your organization experienced or do you anticipate experiencing? (Check all that apply, and share additional in "Other")
If your organization is experiencing or is anticipating a DECREASE in sales related to the coronavirus, please list the percent decrease (estimates are fine). *
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Which sales channels have been impacted?
Significant decrease
Minimal change
Significant increase
Sales to consumers - in person
Sales to consumers - online
Sales to businesses
If your organization is experiencing or is anticipating an INCREASE in expenses related to the coronavirus, please list the percent increase (estimates are fine). *
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What are the primary sources of the increased expenses, if any?
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Has your organization responded, or does it anticipate responding, to the spread of the coronavirus in any of the following ways? (Check all that apply, and share any additional in "Other") *
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Have you identified any particularly effective strategies?
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Are there any resources or guidance that would be helpful for you related to coronavirus preparation for small chocolate businesses? Please elaborate. *
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Are there any resources or guidance that you can share with other small chocolate businesses related to coronavirus preparation? Please elaborate. *
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Please select your organization's region. *
What is your organization's annual revenue? All figures are in US dollars. *
Is there anything that you think is important to share that we haven't asked about here?
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If you wish, please provide your contact information below (this will be kept confidential, and will never be linked to your responses):
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Company
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Email
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Phone number (include country code)
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