1. What were some of the original reasons that you and other industry leaders founded FCIA in 2007? Seeing the changes in the industry of using less flavor cocoa over the last 50 years and the emergence of their use in the bean to bar movement led us to want to shine the spot light… Read More

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Caputo’s will be spotlighting Omnom Chocolate from Reykjavik, Iceland at the 8th Annual Caputo’s Chocolate Festival, where Utah’s trend setting chefs and beverage experts will craft chocolate-based creations to benefit the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative. This year’s culinary lineup will include the following local establishments: Normal Ice Cream, Pallet Bistro, Nomad… Read More

The Pure Nacional tree once at the heart of South America’s chocolate industry was believed to have been lost forever – until it was recently rediscovered by accident. [HCP note – this article features HCP Board Member, Dan Pearson] By Lavinia Wanjau, 17 September 2019, BBC Travel Travelling to the Marañón Canyon in northern Peru… Read More

We are always looking for opportunities to educate our audience on the cacao growing regions. So we thought this would be a great article to share even though it doesn’t directly relate to our Hawaii Heirloom Designee. There are a number of cacao initiatives on the go in Hawaii including: our HCP Nursery Project at… Read More

June 27th, 2019, COSA Committee on Sustainability Assessment New apps are not only bringing vital information to small farmers, they are increasingly driving their participation in a rich digital eco-system. Organizations like Lutheran World Relief (one of our partners) are working to make new technology available to farmers that would deliver science-based advice when they… Read More

From Axios by Steve LeVine, June 11, 2019 Wine experts get loads of respect, with their oenologists, viticulturists, masters of wine, not to mention white-gloved sommeliers. Ever since Starbucks elevated the cup of coffee, “Q graders,” the mandarins of the Arabica bean, have achieved similar gravitas. Craft beer has its cicerones. What’s happening: Now, a… Read More

Guittard Chocolate Company Expands its Flavor Labs in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Indonesia to Protect High-Quality Cocoa Burlingame, CA (January 24, 2019) — Guittard Chocolate Company, as part of its Cultivate Better™ sustainability platform, has expanded its flavor quality work in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Indonesia. The expansion is an initiative designed to protect and… Read More

Let’s go into 2019 on a positive note about the health of the industry from this March 2018 article. The U.S. chocolate market is expected exceed $20 billion by 2025, according to research by United Kingdom-based firm IndexBox. The research firm noted the market reached $17.6 billion in 2016, up $819 million — or 5 percent —… Read More

December 19, 2018 – In effort to preserve and propagate fine flavor cacao, some of which are rare, wild and ancient types, the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) has built nurseries, set up experimental farm plots and trained local farmers in cultivation techniques at three Heirloom designee sites. The best tasting chocolate in the world… Read More