Fijian cocoa products exporter Cacao Fiji is on a roll – it has won three awards for its Fijian cocoa bean chocolate at multiple international chocolate competitions this year.

Cacao Fiji has had a great run with awards this year.

It won the Silver Award for its 70 per cent Dark Dreketi Matasawalevu chocolate with their partner Arete at the Americas International Chocolate Award and another Silver Award for its 90 per cent Dark Chocolate by Armstrong Chocolate at the prestigious London Academy of Chocolate Awards this year.

What’s more – the company also won a bronze for the Fiji Drinking Chocolate category at the Academy of Chocolate Awards.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand congratulates Cacao Fiji for the impressive international accolades it has received recently. The company is an alumnus of the PTI NZ Path to Market programme and participated in the Auckland Food Show in 2018, displaying and selling its quality chocolates at the PTI NZ stand.

The International Academy of Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate. The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 to promote a greater awareness of the difference between fine chocolate and the mass-produced chocolate confectionery. This year’s judging took place in New York on June 3.

“These are two different International awards and this is a testament to our ability to showcase globally our premium cocoa beans for fine chocolate. Competing and winning with 1200 entrants and 45 countries is no easy feat,” said CacaoFiji founder Arif Khan.

Cacao Fiji is the largest exporter of Fiji origin cacao beans and exports to USA, Canada, France, New Zealand and Australia. In 2015, the company was recognised among the top 50 beans at the International Cocoa Awards and has been working with farmers to revive the cocoa industry since then.

“We have been consistently winning awards since 2015 and this is a testament that we are on to something and that our stakeholders need to work closely with us to have a sustainable revival. Cocoa farming thrived in the 1980s and we can bring it back the glory days,” Mr Khan said.

The company has also ventured into chocolate and cocoa nibs with Vanua Chocolate and crafts chocolate for the Fiji market. A selection of 60 per cent, 70 per cent, Sea Salt and Kava Dark Chocolate with Dreketi and Rakiraki flavours retail at Tappoo Fiji Market Place and Prouds Duty free stores in Fiji.

For more information email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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