Davao’s Auro Chocolate makes historic first Philippine export to European markets

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Award-winning Auro Chocolate cacao beans from Davao farms are now in the European and world chocolate capital of Belgium. Photo from Auro Chocolate social media.

Good news, Pilipinas! Auro Chocolate has delivered a historic first Philippine export to European markets with its shipment to the world-renowned chocolate hub.

The historic ground-breaking event for Philippine chocolate lovers and chocolate connoisseurs has witnessed Mindanao-sourced premium cacao beans finally reaching the shores of Belgium – the chocolate capital of Europe and the world.

The Davao farm harvest of Auro Chocolate beans arrived on April 16, 2020, in a container at the port of Antwerp, Belgium.

The shipment of 20,000 kg. of the finest Mindanao-sourced premium cacao beans includes five different cacao varieties, including the prized Mang Jose Paquibato-origin cacao beans, winner of the TOP 20 best cacao beans in the world’s prestigious Cocoa of Excellence Award 2019.

“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!” posted Auro Chocolate social media with pictures and a video of its shipment arriving in Europe.

“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!” the 4-time World Awards winner added.

Silva Cacao is the Antwerp-based company responsible for bringing the shipment to Belgium after its visited cacao farms in Mindanao in 2019.

“I am sure that chocolate makers can’t wait to start working with these cacao beans… Chocolate lovers all over Europe will be in for a surprise!” Silva Cacao General Manager Katrien Delaet said of the shipment of the London’s Academy of Chocolate Awards Gold winning Auro Chocolate.

Auro Chocolate beans have arrived in Belgium and will be distributed by Silva Cacao. Photo from Auro Chocolate Facebook.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez congratulated Auro Chocolate for being the first Philippine company to provide cacao beans to the European market.

Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Brussels Director and Commercial Counsellor Benedict Uy expressed hope for the business community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While current business climate in Europe is dampened by the COVID-19 issue and lockdowns, we share the optimism and eagerness of the business community, including the Belgian and European chocolate makers, that things will be well again in the coming months,” he said.

The historic shipment occurred in spite of the current global situation. The Filipino entrepreneur’s vision is carried forward with the help of government agencies. With confidence and patience, they continue to make efforts and strive to create opportunities that can place the Philippines in a better position once this public health crisis is over.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Auro Chocolate and everyone involved in the historic first Philippine cacao beans export to Europe!

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