Fiji cocoa variety in top 50 for international award
17:24 Thu Aug 13, 2015
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Report by: Ritika Pratap
A local cocoa sample has been selected amongst the top 50 samples to be part of the International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.
The sample of the Forestero Amelonado variety from the Matasawalevu, Dreketi Cocoa Project was sent from Fiji to the competition.
The Managing Director and Founder of Cacao Fiji – Arif Khan says the 50 bean samples are now being processed into chocolate and the next step will be the sensory evaluation by a large panel of 35 experts next month.
He says the selection of the 12 to15 International Cocoa Awards (ICA) will therefore be made by mid-October.
The International Cocoa Awards (ICA) ceremony will be held on 28 October.
Cacao Fiji started in 2014 to process high quality cocoa beans for export.
The company is currently operating at its model farm in Dreketi, Vanua Levu where the cacao is processed.
A total of 146 samples from 35 countries were sent for this year’s competition.
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