14:59 | London (UK), Aug. 14.
Peruvian company Amazona Chocolate's Valle del Chanka Dark 72% won the first place at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards in the "Tree to Bar" category, the Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) informed Tuesday.
This category included companies that cover the whole value chain, from growing to marketing efforts.
was founded in 2013. It works responsibly with biodiversity and aims to promote consumption of native cacao
, the raw material for its products.
International companies which use Peruvian cacao
in its preparations —such as Canada's Qantu— also received recognition at this important ceremony.
Said enterprise claimed first place in the Bean to Bar under 80% category.
According to Academy of Chocolate President Sara Jayne Stanes, the organization members are very pleased with the quality of the presented products and the number of participants, which broke a record this year.
Contestants came from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italia, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, among others.
PromPeru will also organize a visit for fine cocoa buyers from Europe and North America to Peru.
As is known, the Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005. Its members meet to taste, discuss, demonstrate, and debate issues regarding sourcing, transparency, and the journey from bean to bar.