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Brazilian sustainable cocoa is finalist at the International Cocoa Awards 2019


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For the Brazilian Industry, international recognition shows the right commitment to sustainability.

Cocoa samples from two Brazilian farms, João Tavares’ Leolinda and Elcy Gutzeit’s Bom Tempo-Panorama, were among the 50 best in the world at the International Cocoa Awards 2019. The two farms were members of the Brazilian delegation that took part at Salon du Chocolat, held between October 30 and November 3, in Paris.

“They represent a generation of sustainable cocoa producers in Brazil, who are strongly committed to environmental preservation and the cultivation of fine cocoa that allow the production of chocolate with quality. The award confirms the right option for the commitment to sustainability”, says Ubiracy Fonsêca, ABICAB´s President (Brazilian Chocolates, Peanuts and Candies Manufacturers Association). ABICAB, in partnership with the Government of the State of Bahia, the Government of the State of Pará, the Brazilian International Business Centers Network (Rede CIN), organized the Brazilian Pavilion at Salon du Chocolat, with the support of Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency).


Tavares and Gutzeit are, respectively, the 3rd and the 2nd generation of cocoa and chocolate producers in sustainable family farms. The Fazenda Panorama farm in the state of Pará, in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, is a sustainable option for the generation of wealth in the region.  The Leolinda Farm produces cocoa through the cabruca method, developed in the State of Bahia, in the Northeast region of the country, which allows producing and preserving the Atlantic Forest, the original vegetation of the area.




This year, the Brazilian chocolate manufacturers and cocoa producers delegation that took part of the event in Paris were: Amazon Black Gold, Amma, Arte Cacau Bahia, Benke Foods, Bom Tempo-Panorama, Cacau do Céu, Cantagalo, Chocolates Franz, CHOR Chocolate, Cooperativa Agroindustrial da Transamazônica, Cooperativa Mista Agropecuária Km17, Da Cruz Chocolates, Dengo, Dom Amazoon, João Tavares-Leolinda, Natucoa, Nayah Sabores da Amazônia, Negro Doce, Nucita, Nugali, Poliana Cristina Faes Franco Netto, and Var Chocolates.


During the event in Paris, the companies made 84 contacts and concluded US$ 2 million in immediate deals and US$ 3 million in sales for the next 12 months.


Besides attending and talking bilaterally at the Salon, the Brazilian businessmen participated in parallel events. Among them: “Os doces prazeres do Brasil”, at the Embassy of Brazil in Paris, with a focus on the tourism and the cocoa-chocolate production chain; a workshop at Ecole Lenôtre on the chocolate manufacture; a seminar on chocolate Regulations, Marketing, and Merchandising in the European Market; and a chocolate route tour in Paris, including  visits to the chocolate museum and chocolate ateliers such as that of chef Alain Ducasse.


Here is some information and pictures about some of the Brazilian delegation members at Salon du Chocolat in alphabetical order:




A pioneer in the production of organic cocoa and chocolate in Brazil, AMMA Chocolate exhibited its products, made of three ingredients only – organic cocoa, organic cocoa butter, and organic sugar.

Its products are present in Canada, France, United Kingdom, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong.

Amma has a portfolio with cocoa nibs tablets and 80g chocolate in the Intensos, Biomas, and Biodinâmica ranges.

CHOCOLATE ORGÂNICO 60% CACAU: with slight nut notes, low acidity and flavour CHOCOLATE ORGÂNICO 100% CACAU: Extreme, pure, authentic.

GULA MERAH: 70% cocoa organic chocolate with coconut sugar (GULA MERAH) harvested from the coconut palm tree sap in Indonesia.

AROEIRA: 60% cocoa organic chocolate with aroeira (Brazilian pepper tree).

QAH’WA: 60% cocoa organic chocolate with QAH’WA (coffee, in Arabic)

MARACUYAYÁ: 67% cocoa biodynamic chocolate with passion fruit. 

NIBIRUS: 75% cocoa organic chocolate with cocoa nibs. 

NIBS DE CACAU: roasted, unpeeled, and ground cocoa.

THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM CUPUAÇU: Made with cupuaçu beans, from the same family as cocoa, but with a different flavour and consistency.

For images, please click HERE



Finalist in 2019, João Tavares was one of the winners of the International Cocoa Awards in 2010 and 2011.  His success is the result of the improvement of cocoa beans by selecting trees that are more resistant to pests. After 16 years of investments and innovation and exploration of formulas to find new flavours, Tavares chose varieties with fruity cocoa beans with exotic notes.

“With our participation at Salon du Chocolat and the awards, we showed the world that we can produce cocoa with high quality and preserve the nature through the cabruca system, a unique method developed in Brazil”, says Tavares, who presented at Salon du Chocolate gourmet dry cocoa beans in the Scavina, Para, and Catongo varieties.  

The cocoa beans produced are exported to France and Holland, and the demand for his product has been growing around 20% per year.

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Located in the State of Pará, in the Amazon Rainforest, Panorama is a family company and produces hybrid cocoa selected from native clones in the region, in an agroforestry system that preserves the native forest. “The awards are a recognition of years of work”, states Eunice Gutzeit, Elcy’s sister. “A big number of international purchasers visited our booth and we entered a great agreement with a French chocolatier”. 

Besides cocoa bean samples, the Gutzeit family presented at the Salon du Chocolat the chocolate that has their name. The Gutzeit chocolate is tree-to-bar and sold in the following categories: intense, 70% cocoa in 50 g bars, and dark milk, cocoa 57%, 50g. The portfolio also includes cacao nibs in 50 g / 120 g / 500 g / 1 kg packaging and samples of the fine cocoa beans produced at the Panorama farm.

Thanks to the sustainable production system and investments in research on the production of fine beans, the demand for its products grew expressively: over 50% in 2018 and over 120% this year, according to the farm. 


For images, please click HERE and HERE




A pioneer company in the manufacture of bean-to-bar chocolate in Brazil, Nugali has been systematically awarded in international contests. Among the recent awards, the 70% dark chocolate of Premium and Cacau em Flor 70% range was awarded a bronze medal in the International Chocolate Awards America this year, and, in 2018, its 45% cocoa milk chocolate was awarded as the best of Americas in the same contest.

The company uses cocoa beans from Bahia and Pará, bought fro small properties that employ sustainable agroforestry production systems. 

The Nugali products are free of gluten and soybean, and the dark chocolate is free of lactose and milk protein. 

Its portfolio also has a range of sugar-free products, and another with typically Brazilian ingredients such as açaí, cupuaçu, Brazil nut, and pepper tree beans.






ABOUT ABICAB – The Brazilian Chocolates, Peanuts and Candies Manufacturers Association (ABICAB) was founded in 1957 and represents the national confectionery industry in public and private spheres in Brazil and abroad. The national confectionery industry represents $ 8.4 billion in retail value, employs more than 34,000 workers, is considered one of the major producers in the world and is widely recognized by the quality and safety of its products. ABICAB exists to develop, protect and promote the confectionery industry, aiming to stimulate a responsible consumption. Currently, ABICAB encompasses the Brazilian production chain, representing 93% of the chocolate market, 92% of the candy and confections market and 63% of the peanut market. www.brasilsns.org.br/


ABOUT APEX-BRASIL  The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad. Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil. www.apexbrasil.com.br/en/home