Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Peru concentrates 36% of the world’s fine-grained cocoa production

He highlighted that cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa paste are the ones exported in greater quantities.

( In 2022, Peru’s exports of cocoa and derivatives are set to reach US$334 million for 108 thousand tons, registering an increase of 10% in value and 17% in volume compared to the previous year.

This was stated by Teresa Mera, Minister of Foreign Trade (Minsetur) of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, during her participation in the XXV National Coffee and Cocoa Conference, an event organized by the Peruvian Chamber of Coffee and Cocoa (CPCC) and which continues today . in Lima.

He highlighted that cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa paste are the ones exported in greater quantities.

He said Peru’s exports of cocoa and derivatives reach 72 markets in 2022, with the main destinations being the United States, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Malaysia, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia and France.

Teresa Mera highlighted that Peru is the center of origin of cocoa, which is why the diversity and quality of this product is recognized worldwide.

“Peru accounts for 60% of all cocoa varieties and concentrates 36% of the world’s cocoa production, which exceeds expectations and inspires us to continue working with these products,” he added.

He also pointed out that the main cocoa producing regions in our country are San Martín, Junín, Ucayali, Huanuco, Cusco and Ayacucho. In addition, there are more than 90,000 small growers across the country dedicated to this crop.

At another time, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade indicated that both coffee and cocoa have made positive developments over the past 4 years, in terms of the process of preparing product presentations.

They are very innovative ideas, very pleasant surprises and in the case of chocolates, delicious too, he added. Not only cocoa paste or grains, but also chocolate being made in San Martín, Ucayali among other regions.

“We actually have a very significant capability that we must continue to support in order to generate the value-added proposition that we have focused so much on in our action plans on national objectives,” he commented.

Importance of Certificates
At another point, the official indicated that the fact that the market demands these healthy natural products brings with it an additional element that is sustainability and quality certification. In this sense, he added that without these seals we cannot go very far, which is why it is important to work closely with certified companies.

“It is a trend that does not stop growing and helps consumers to differentiate between products that meet sustainability and quality standards with a type of demand that they have clearly identified,” he stressed. Said.

He stressed that Peru is an important exporter of certified coffee and cocoa and the main certifications include Organic, Fair Trade (Fairtrade), Rainforest Alliance, Global GAP, among others. “We’ve come a long way with this act of certifying our products.”

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