Future looks bright for Vanuatu cocoa industry

The exporters are Vanuatu Cocoa and Copra Exporters Limited (VCCE) and Commodity Corporation Pty Ltd (C-CORP) and Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu (ACTIV) Association.

ACTIV produces chocolate from cocoa beans bought from local farmers. Vanuatu cocoa beans are exported to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Twenty-five percent of rural households in Vanuatu are involved in cocoa production.

Most cocoa is produced by smallholder farmers based in the northern islands.

Bridging the gap in the world of cocoa

This is the home of Pump Street Bakery Chocolate, an award-winning brand of bean-to-bar premium chocolate.

Among its range of fine, dark chocolate bars is the Solomon Islands 72 percent dark chocolate bar, the lone bar representing the Pacific under the Pump Street Bakery brand.

Pacific exchange in drive for quality cocoa exports

This is part of a wider drive to improve the quality and reputation of Pacific cocoa, so that it can be sold into higher priced international markets. 

The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program brought together experts from PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa to foster technical discussions and exchanges on cocoa quality testing and build the capacity of technical staff from relevant research organisations.