El Salvador: From Coffee Growers to Cocoa Growers

The coffee crisis has led farmers to diversify their crops by sowing fine aroma cocoa for export to the European market.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Producers in the Cooperative Cacao Society of El Salvador (ES-Cacao) have pointed out that this year they plan to surpass the 175,00 fine cocoa plants already planted and export their production for the first time, to the European chocolate industry.

"ES-Cacao is entering its fifth year of production in El Salvador," and it has specialized in planting fine aroma cocoa, a seed with greater profitability in the domestic and international market, coveted by renowned chocolatiers around the world," says a statement from the cooperative."

"We believe in integrated and diversified plots as a form of sustainability of our crops," says Rafael Trigueros Hecht, president of ES-Cacao. "

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Cocoa Forum in Honduras

September 2014

Manufacturers and exporters of cocoa will meet in Tegucigalpa on October 1 to discuss issues of interest to the sector, including new techniques to improve the genetic quality of the grain.

Providing updated knowledge in the field of genetics, strategies for germplasm conservation and new mechanisms to enhance the organoleptic analysis of mixtures of clones grown in different regions around the country are part of the themes to be addressed at the Seventh National Forum of Cocoa organized by the Cocoa Producers Association of Honduras (Aprocacaho).

More Competition in the Cocoa Market

August 2014

This year Ecuador could surpass Brazil as the largest producer of cocoa in America, with an expected increase of 9% in production, estimated at 240 thousand tons.

Like other producers of the grain, Ecuador is taking advantage of the surge in global demand for chocolate, devoting more resources to the cocoa industry in the country.

Swiss Interest From In Honduran Cocoa Increases

March 2014

An investment project by businessmen from Switzerland aims to convert coffee farms to cocoa farms, for which there is already an export channel to the European country.

Investors have contacted the Local Economic Development Unit (UDEL) in the department of El Paraíso in order to attract the interest of farmers in the area and open up the market of some 500 hectares of cocoa.

El Salvador: Increased Investment in Cocoa

January 2013

In 2013 there are plans to plant 100,000 trees of fine aromatic cocoa in order to increase export supply to European chocolate manufacturers.

Elmundo.com.sv reports that "The Cooperative Company of Cocoa Producers in El Salvador (Escacao) is planning in 2013 to increase the fine aromatic cocoa planting.

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