Cacaofiji beans wins Silver at Academy of Chocolate Awards
First Fiji Cacao awards for Bean to Bar Milk Chocolate Category
By: Cacao Fiji
"Competing and winning with 1200 entrants and 45 countries is no easy feat. We thank our partners Soma who are accomplished chocolatiers and they have been happy with quality of beans. We strive to process beans world class beans and the recognition is satisfying."
Cacaofiji is the largest exporter of Fiji origin cacao beans and exports to USA, Canada, France, New Zealand and Australia. In 2015, the company was recognized as the top 50 beans at the International Cocoa Awards and have been working with farmers to revive the cocoa industry since then.
The company is also looking to make chocolate locally in order to create a local demand and work towards import substitution. Once a thriving industry, cocoa industry had died down due change in market demands and Cacao Fiji is looking to hedge that risk by exporting to various continents and creating local demand as well.
" The market demand for fine cacao beans is strong. We are currently building in Rakiraki at Nunukoloa to provide market support to the cocoa farmers of Rakiraki and Tailevu . We will work closely with MPI to create a sustainable revival of the Fiji Cocoa Industry.," said Arif . "The industry once produced close to 500 tonnes and supported over 3000 farmers and all stakeholders need to get on the same page to bring cocoa back to glory days."
For more information, visit www.cacaofiji.com