Cacao Fiji’s top-quality chocolates at Auckland Food Show

Cacao Fiji will display and sell its quality chocolates at the Auckland Food Show. Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand is featuring nine Pacific Island food and beverage exporters at the show. All participants are alumni of the PTI NZ Path to Market export capability building programme. Cacao Fiji began operations in the Fiji Islands in 2014. The company is involved in the farming, processing and exporting

Vanua Chocolate bars Chocolate bars.

cocoa beans for craft chocolate. They place high emphasis on quality at every aspect of their production.

Cacao Fiji Ltd works with a network of cocoa farmers throughout the Fiji Islands.

“We pride ourselves as leading the change in the revival Fiji cocoa industry,” Cacao Fiji’s Arif Khan said.

The journey started back in 2012, when they met several farmers on Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, who were “passionate about cocoa farming” but struggled to find markets for their products.

In 2014, they leased land and began work on an abandoned cocoa project at Matasawalevu Dreketi in Vanua Levu.

To date they have revived about 30 acres. Then In 2017, they began working with approximately 40 farmers, buying wet seeds for central fermentation and drying.

Vanua Cacao nibs.

In 2018, they have expanded company operations to Nunukolao and Rakiraki.

They are working with approximately 100 farmers to connect them with the market.

Today, the company is exporting high quality cacao to USA, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand.

The years of planning and hard work paid off in 2015 where they placed in the Top 50 of the best flavour cacao bean in the world at the International Cocoa Awards in Paris.

They were also recognised at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, London with a Silver award for the Bean to Bar Milk Category Soma Chocolate Vanua Milk for Awards using Cacao Fiji beans.

Reporting on the flavour notes of our Cacao from The Chocolate Alchemist – “That deeply sweet impression of dried fruits and vanilla. There are the deep low toned fruits, not the bright acidity ones.  May well be the best Forestero I’ve ever had. It has virtually everything I love about chocolate rolled into one.”

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

What: The Auckland Food Show
When: July 26-29 Time: 10am-5pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
Where to find the PTI NZ Stand: Hall 3 Stand 13&14

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