The chocolate maker Ritter Sport will start harvesting cocoa in the country in 2017 at its own plantations.
The increase in the international price of cocoa is one of the main problems facing manufacturers, some of whom have chosen to obtain their raw material from their own plantations in order to reduce costs.
The German company Ritter Sport plans to invest $25 million in promoting the production and export of cocoa in Nicaragua.
Ritter Sport, which is the main international buyer of cocoa produced in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region, sells 60,000 tonnes of chocolate to 95 countries worldwide. Manfred Gunkel, Ritter Sport's general manager, said that cocoa is a "strategic cultivation" for this country, which produces about 3000 tons, 1,500 of which are exported.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
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