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Auro Chocolate Now Supplies Cacao Beans to European Chocolate Makers

By John Legaspi

Davao-based chocolate brand Auro Chocolate shipped its cacao beans to Antwerp, Belgium, a first for the local chocolate industry.

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According to a statement made by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Auro Chocolate sent 20,000 kilos of premium cacao beans to Silva Cacao last April 16. This includes the Brand’s prized Mang Jose Paquibato-origin cacao beans–winner of the top 20 best cacao beans in the world for the prestigious Cacao of Excellence Award.

“We are very proud of Auro Chocolate for their success and even more excited for what this would mean to our cacao farmers,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

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***🇵🇭 AURO CACAO 🇵🇭 NOW IN EUROPE*** . . Amidst the crisis, we’re excited to share some positive news! Our first-ever container of quality Philippine-origin cacao beans has safely arrived in the port of Antwerp, now in our new home with @silva_cacao 🎉🎉🎉 ! . Our shipment includes 5 different cacao varieties, including our prized Mang Jose Paquibato-origin cacao beans — Winner of the TOP 20 best cacao beans in the world for the prestigious Cocoa of Excellence Award 🏆 ! . We can’t wait for our favorite European chocolate brands to start exploring the unique characteristics of the Philippines as a new flavor origin! For inquiries, please check out and message @silva_cacao ! . It is truly a proud moment for us and the Philippines! Mabuhay 🇵🇭 ☀️ ! . #AuroChocolate #singleorigin #beantobar #chocolate #philippines #filipino #cacao #qualitycacao #fineflavor #sustainable

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Silva Cacao General Manager Katrien Delaet expressed confidence in the introduction of diverse flavors of Philippine cacao to European chocolate makers.

“I am sure that chocolate makers can’t wait to start working with these cacao beans. By adding their own magic, chocolate makers can bring out the best of the flavours in each cacao quality–from fruity, to floral, to nutty, to woody, to caramel, and much more,” Delaet said. “Chocolate lovers all over Europe will be in for a surprise!”

The history of the Philippines producing chocolate or cacao beans dates back to the 1700s when Spanish vessels reached the country’s shores. Due to its tropical geography, the country became ideal land to cultivate cacao. Plot twist! It’s the Philippines’ turn to write the story, and it’s one of sweet success.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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