‘Solomons Gold’ chocolate bars launched in NZ


C-Corp, the Tauranga-based boutique manufacturer of cacao nibs and chocolate range launched a branded chocolate bar made from Solomon Islands cocoa at the Coffee &amp; Chocolate Show in Auckland last month. <!--more-->The brand is called Solomons Gold and comes in attractively designed packaging that stands out on retail shelves.
<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_sgold5.jpg"><img class=" size-full wp-image-7150 alignleft" src="https://pacifictradeinvest.com/PTI/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/rsz_sgold5.jpg" alt="rsz_sgold5" width="138" height="104" /></a>Solomons Gold, C-Corp’s first gourmet chocolate bar, is made from single origin cocoa sourced from Solomon Islands’ main island of Guadalcanal. C-Corp has been harvesting cocoa in the Solomon Islands for several years. It is in the past two years that it has been manufacturing and supplying cocoa –or cacao -- ingredients to the catering industry as well as chocolate makers in New Zealand.</p>
The Solomon Gold range comprises four dark chocolate bars with 70 to 75 per cent cacao content. “We have put a huge effort into these first four 100g bars -- all are single origin, dairy-, nut- and gluten-free. Two are cane sugar free. The bars only have two ingredients: cacao and the sweetener --either cane sugar or coconut sap sugar,” General Manager Glen Yeatman told Pacific Periscope. The cane sugar is soon to be certified organic, he adds.

No extra cacao butter is added in the manufacturing process. “All the original cocoa butter is left in the cacao (some 40 per cent) - this gives it a lovely creamy taste without having to add dairy,” Mr Yeatman says. “Because our chocolate is single origin we control the cacao from nursery to bar and we know how fresh the cocoa beans are - this adds to the unique flavour.”

While it has been selling product online and also exporting, C Corp is actively looking for distributors for its product range in New Zealand, particularly Auckland for the retail trade. It is already retailing the range through cafes and health food stores in and around Tauranga.

Speaking of C Corp’s experience at the Coffee and Chocolate Show, Mr Yeatman said, “The show went very well. We have lots of good comments from fellow chocolatiers, which was very encouraging.”

Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) has worked with C Corp over the past two years on marketing, publicity and public relations. PT&amp;I has also helped with equipment at the Tauranga factory.

“Our passion is to take the world back in time to how chocolate was made in the beginning -- keeping the taste original and letting the chocolate speak for itself,” Mr Yeatman says.

If you are interested in more information or are considering distributing or retailing the product range, please email Mona Mato PT&amp;I Trade Development Manager: mona.m@pacifictradeinvest.com

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