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Taza Chocolate focuses on quality amid growth

Somerville company facing soaring demand

SOMERVILLE — Since the chocolate maker’s founding, workers at Taza Chocolate have hand-wrapped the stone-ground chocolate bars the eight-year-old company makes, folding pink foil and labels around each 3-ounce bar at the rate of about one per minute.

Over the next few days, however, that task will be taken over by a cream-colored machine that will package the chocolate bars at a rate of nearly one per second, helping to alleviate a growing backlog of orders and freeing employees to make more chocolate.

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