Guatemala and Costa Rica join Cacao producers association
Authorities from seven Latin American countries will create the "Association Fine Aroma Cacao Producing Countries" this week in Ecuador.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This organization will be established at meeting of producers and exporters of this type of cacao from Venezuela, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Guatemala, Granada and Ecuador, declared Walter Poveda, Ecuadoran Minister of Agriculture, in a press release.
The country's inclusion in the list of fine cacao producers drawn up by the International Cocoa Organization has improved product positioning in the major buyer markets.
To develop a strategy for positioning the product worldwide, a commission made up of producers and traders has been created internally in the union of exporters.
Through a marketing agreement among producers in Honduras, cocoa will be exported jointly to the Swiss Company, Chocolats Halba.
Costa Rican cacao is the finest in the world, but the country lacks the technology to process it, and the chocolate consumed is mostly imported.
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