Cacaofiji beans sourced from Rakiraki and Tailevu region has won a Gold award for Dark Bean to Bar Flavoured Category . The chocolate makers Palette de Bine based are based in Quebec, Canada. The prestigious Academy of Chocolate awards sought to identify, recognize and showcase the world’s most talented chocolate producers and finest chocolates.
“ We are delighted with this award as it is a first from our processing center in Rakiraki. Our Dreketi beans in Vanua Levu has won numerous awards in the past.We have always believed in producing the best beans by a central fermentation, drying and quality control. Now, this is a testament to our hard work for the past few years in Rakiraki that Fiji can produce world class cacao and fine chocolate, quoted Arif, Founder of Cacao Fiji. We thank our Cacaofiji team in believing in the mission to revive Cacao in Fiji. We do need some help in increasing supply and calling out the various parties to revisit reviving cocoa farming in Fiji.”
Fiji Cacao 75% by Ocho Chocolate of New Zealand was commended in the Bean to Bar Dark Chocolate under 90% category . The bar was a Gold medal winner in NZ.
The awards are judged by leading chocolatiers, producers, journalists, bloggers, food writers, and other chocolate experts from across the industry. Held in London, judges deliberate over key categories andn judging by a Supreme Jury considers Gold winners and determines Special Award winners.
Products are marked on appearance, depth of aroma and flavour, length and complexity to determine the gold, silver, and bronze winners in each category. Promising products that are not yet at award-winning level receive commendations. For more information on the awards, visit , http:// https://academyofchocolate.org.uk/awards/2020/