The national government hopes to capitalize on demand for high-quality cocoa from the domestic chocolate companies and international buyers.
Colombia’s agriculture and rural development minister, Rubén Darío Lizarralde, and the executive president of the National Federation of Cocoa Growers (Fedecacao), Eduard Baquero López, held talks last month on possible state financing of a program to renovate aging cocoa plantations with funds previously earmarked for cocoa price subsidies.
“Colombia’s production zones have a privileged geographic position for cultivating Fino de Aroma cocoa. The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) recognizes Colombia as a country that exports 100% of Fino de Aroma cocoa, which is described as a cocoa with exquisite aroma and taste,” Ivan Delgado, an agri-industry investment specialist from Colombia’s foreign investment and exports promotions agency Proexport, told ConfectioneryNews.
Expanded cocoa production is expected to benefit leading chocolate industries headquartered in Colombia, such as CasaLuker, which specializes in the processing of products made from Fino de Aroma (fine flavor) cocoa.
CasaLuker – a key exporter of Fino de Aroma cocoa
“CasaLuker is a family-owned company that specializes in the production and sales of products derived from Fino de Aroma cocoa. Today, we purchase around 35% of the cocoa production in Colombia. Hence... we are committed to the improvement in the quality of cocoa and the development of agricultural production,” CasaLuker’s brand manager Mariana Arensburg Uribe told ConfectioneryNews.
“We hope cocoa production in Colombia will continue rising in the coming years. This will be mainly the result of several converging factors: more planting (and harvesting) of the crop, entry into production of new cocoa plantations, improved farming practices and better business management by private enterprises such as CasaLuker,” said Uribe.