Peruvian cocoa farmers were winners in the recent II International Contest of Chocolates with Elaboration of OriginMade in Paris (France). The national delegation was made up of 16 cooperatives, producer associations and companies from different regions of Peru: such as San Martín, Cusco, Madre de Dios and Amazonas.
The Agricultural Products Valorization Agency (AVPA) of France He specified that Peru obtained four medals: one gold, one silver and two bronze, as well as 11 gourmet diplomas. National producers brought chocolate bars with varieties of fine cocoachuncho, criollo, VRAE 99, and even copoazú.
Peruvian chocolates included peanuts, maras salt, coconut, cacao nibs, blueberries, golden berries, and chestnuts. “The history of Peruvian cocoa is very close to the Peruvian Amazonian culture; therefore, it is a logical consequence that today these regions obtain such important recognition”, said Rosario Pajuelo, director of the Promperú Regional Office in France, for the Andina agency.
In this contest, 13 producing countries participated and Peru obtained 16 distinctions. “Our country is undoubtedly the main winner, since it received more recognition than countries like Honduras, Sao Tome, Indonesia and Colombia,” highlighted the representative of Promperu. “The Peruvian chocolate industry is taking important steps at the regional level and soon we will find them all over the world,” he added.
Which Peruvian cocoa producers won in France?
The Agrarian Industrial Asproc Cooperative of Nueva Bambamarca (tocache, San Martin) obtained the gold medal in the dark chocolate category with its product Aroma NBT with additions of aguaymanto. They also took home a bronze award for their 60% Cranberry Dark Chocolate Bar. His participation was sponsored by the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Of life).
For their part, the VRAE Producers Association and the Urubamba Coffee Agricultural Cooperative (Cusco) won silver medals for their chocolate bars Miskicha and Kampaq Para Ti, respectively. The first competed in the category chocolate with milk with a bar made with Creole cocoa and cocoa nibs; while the people from Cusco presented a bar with 70% extra dark chuncho cocoa.
A bronze medal was also awarded to the Cooperativa Agraria de Servicios Múltiples Sur Oriente (Coopsur) of Mother of God. This association, which has the “Raíces Tambopata” brand, participated with 70% bitter chocolate bars with chestnuts in the dark chocolate category with inclusions of grains or nuts.