The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa-producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours.
Every two years, this unique programme spearheaded by Bioversity International and Event International recognizes quality, flavour and diversity of cocoas according to their origin.
By bringing together leading sensory evaluation experts, the chocolate industry and the next generation of cocoa pioneers, the Cocoa of Excellence Programme recognizes and rewards cocoa with exceptional and unique flavours, while bringing know-how, cocoa evaluation tools, market opportunities and incentives for safeguarding cacao diversity to farming communities and national organizations globally.
The Vanuatu Cocoa growers have been working on a program with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research(ACIAR) and World Vision to produce AELAN Chocolate.
Cocoa samples from Epi, Santo, Malo and Malekula were sent to the Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme and samples from Mabong Naki from South West Bay on Malekula and George Moli on Malo were selected to be part of the 50 best cocoa samples in the world.
Their selection will now see them attend International Cocoa Awards this October 2017.
Posted by AELAN Chocolate Makers on Thursday, 17 November 2016
AEALAN Chocolate is hoping to get to the Salon du Chocolate in Paris with Mabong and Moli to also present the AELAN Chocolate.
This is a very timely achievement for Vanuatu as the Vanuatu Government has just launched the Bureau of Standards Office whose duty is to ensure products meet international standards, and Vanuatu Cocoa has now proven, we do have world class products out in out Islands.