An association of Peruvian cacao producers from northern San Martin region managed to internationalize its grains, thus exporting their natural products to Australia, Italy, and Switzerland.
In this sense, the chocolate produced by Cooperativa Agroindustrial Cordillera Azul Nuevo Progreso (Coopacan) —mostly composed of former coca growers
— delighted the world's most demanding palates in this field.
According to Coopacan members, their grains are the most demanded since they add a singular citrus, nutty, floral, and woody flavor to chocolate
Some of its main clients include Zotter (Australia), Icam (Italy), Pronatec (Switzerland), as well as Villa Andina
, and Campo Verde (both based in Peru).
Coopacan was established in 2013 in partnership with State-run National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) and Nuevo Progreso district Municipality.
From 2017 to date, 100,290 tons were exported, a 300% increase compared to the association's first years.
Additionally, more than 300 tons are expected to be sold in 2018.
This cooperative currently relies on 400 hectares to grow cacao
. Also, its annual production stands at 300 tons.
Devida Tarapoto's Zonal Office Head Alejandro Reyes congratulated the board of directors and partners for their extraordinary work and requested them to continue betting on alternative development