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Fijian Cocoa In Top 50 For International Award

Fijian Cocoa In Top 50 For International Award
A staff of Matasawalevu, Dreketi Cocoa Project with Forestero Amelonado variety cocoa.
August 12
13:14 2015

Local cocoa sample sent to be part of the International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France, has been selected amongst the top 50 samples. This is from a total of 146 received from 35 countries for this year’s edition.

Managing director and founder of Cacao Fiji, Arif Khan, sent a sample of the Forestero Amelonado variety from the Matasawalevu, Dreketi Cocoa Project, to be part of the competition.

“The sensory evaluation of all 146 samples (as liquor and untempered chocolate) was done during June and July by the panel of international experts,” Mr Khan said.

“The selection of the 50 best samples was the result of the statistical analysis of the data.”

He added the 50 bean samples are being processed into chocolate and the next step will be the sensory evaluation by a large panel of 35 experts during the month of September.

“The selection of the International Cocoa Awards (ICA) will therefore be made by mid-October,” Mr Khan said.

“All 50 chocolate samples will be celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris from October 28 to November 1 where the Cocoa of Excellence Programme will have a stand.

“The chocolate will be available for tasting and will also be distributed to all the chocolate makers on the Salon and many others after the event.”

Mr Khan said they are excited at the recognition after a year of operations in Fiji.

“The awards will place Fijian cocoa on the global map and alleviate the market issues,” he said.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners and their support to revive the industry.”

Cacao Fiji started in 2014 to process high quality cocoa beans for export. It is working with the Ministry of Agriculture on establishing a network of cocoa farmers.


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