Cocoa Revolution Project of the Ondo State Government has received a big boost with its product clinching the Chocolates Silver Awards in London.
According to a statement by the state Commissioner for information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was represented at the Award presentation by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Engineer Ademola Olorunfemi where the state’s 70% Chocolates bar won in the Silver Category.
The Award ceremony which took place at the Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly, London, attracted all major Cocoa/Chocolate and Confectionary industry stakeholders across the globe.
Ondo State was mentioned at the event as the only Chocolate Award Winner from West Africa, which produces 75%of Global Cocoa Bean output.
The Academy of Chocolate Awards, now taking place for the 7th time, is a highly anticipated event in the international chocolates calendar. The 2015 Awards received a record number of entries with over 500 products.
As a result, more judges were involved in the jury panel and the judging, which took place at Westminster Kingsway College, and was extended to five days. Chaired by globally respected wine experts, Charles Metcalfe, judges included chocolates experts and buyers, pastry chef food professionals and food journalists.
A Washington DC based outfit, SPAGnVOLA had earlier in the year, presented the Ondo Chocolate bar for the competition which has fetched the state Silver.
Chairman of Ondo State Cocoa Revolution Implementation Committee, Dr. Jibayo Oyebade, had mentioned before now that cocoa produced in the state for chocolates production, had received world certification and recognition.
Oyebade had told newsmen in Akure that the product had already been presented to the partnering firm overseas, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate firm, Netherland.
“We taught our cocoa farmers how to improve the quality of their cocoa, through proper fermentation.
“Our partners have taken our sample and are satisfied with it. I am proud that our effort has yielded good results. We want to reproduce chocolate from our own cocoa” he had informed.
He explained that only 300 kilograms of the product, was sent as sample, saying the state would increase production and establish a chocolates academy and factory.
Oyebade concluded by saying, the cocoa was first processed at the demonstration site.

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