There are a number of chocolate makers, chocolatiers and other businesses within Australia who are choosing to use cacao from the South Pacific. Using cacao produced in the South Pacific is important for a few reasons:
- It tastes amazing and wins global chocolate awards. Full stop.
- It is the closest cacao growing region to Australia, so there are considerably less food miles travelled. Consider most of the bulk chocolate you buy such as Cadbury or Nestle chocolate. It is primarily grown in West Africa, travels to Europe or Asia for production into chocolate, then makes its way to consumer markets. All of which adds up to significant food miles.
- Farmers are getting a better price than the bulk market price. The majority of the chocolate producers buying Pacific beans are using a supply chain where the farmers are getting a higher price than the bulk market. Some of them also help out farming communities in other ways as well, such as some of the projects that we undertake in the Solomon Islands.
Here is a list of chocolate makers who use cacao beans from the South Pacific as part of their product range. It is not a complete list.
|Chocolate maker||South Pacific origin/s|
Bahen and Co
Cabosse and Feve
Jasper & Myrtle
Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Wild Craft Tasmania
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa
The following list is a work in progress of chocolate businesses using chocolate produced from Cacao grown in the South Pacific.