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OFWs Crowdfund Halal Chocolates - Middle East OFWs farming cacao in Davao City

Twenty five overseas Filipino workers transitioned from being Middle East workers to cacao and chocolate entrepreneurs. In a small livelihood project by Neil Santillan (also known as Abdul Karim for his Muslim name), Muslims and Christians came together to fund a P5 million initial capital so they can venture into cacao farming in Davao City. Each member of the crowdsourced project contributed at least P135,000, or more depending on their capacity.   The crowdfunded company is slowly getting recognized for its halal dark chocolates. Last December 17, their cacao tablet won the award as Philippines' Best Cacao Tablet in 2017, at the Asia Halal Brand Awards held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.     Santillan registered the company MS3 Agri-ventures with...

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ONE Mindanao: Organic & Natural Expo

Over two hundred food producers, processors and entrepreneurs participated in ONE Mindanao: Organic and Natural Expo, held at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City. The expo is designed to raise awareness on the locally-sourced organic and natural products in the market.   The event's opening day on March 17th was graced by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Senator Cynthia Villar. Also at the event were Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Bernadette Puyat, and DA-11 Director Ricardo Oñate Jr.     Products varied from food and ingredients, to indigenous weaves and fibers. After banging the gong to signal the official opening of the event, President Duterte inspected fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, colored rice, natural sweeteners, artisan chocolates, single-origin coffee, dairy...

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Feature: The Chocolate Year

The global demand for cacao and its products is being acknowledged in the Philippines, most especially in Davao City. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the region produced over 6,000 metric tons of cacao in 2016--with about 1,600 coming from Davao City. Government agencies including the tourism board have been hand-in-hand with providing assistance and education to farmers, entrepreneurs and producers.   One such association is the Cacao Industry Development Association (CIDAMI), promoting the cultivation of cacao farms in Mindanao. Cacao Culture Farms' co-founder Kenneth Reyes-Lao was one of the attendees of the trainings that CIDAMI has conducted to farmers and entrepreneurs.   "(The cacao industry) is one of the most thriving right now. We also found out that you...

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Krispy Kreme to Use Davao Chocolate

Global doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is set to launch a Davao-exclusive doughnut using Malagos Chocolate. The award-winning single-origin chocolate maker was chosen for its famous "tree-to-bar" concept.   During an interview at the Araw ng Dabaw held in SM City Davao, Relations Officer (Mindanao) Princess Payag said that this part of the company's initiative to launch products with ingredients sourced within a particular operating area. “We will be featuring the Malagos Chocolates, so their chocolate will be our source of our raw materials for this particular featured product which will be offered only for Davao,” Payag said.   In 2016, Krispy Kreme launched a regionalized strawberry doughnut, exclusively available in Baguio City. After Davao, the company is looking into making...

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Coffee & Cacao Planting Coming to Iloilo Province - PhP10 Million Worth of Planting Materials Ready for Distribution

The province of Iloilo will soon join the coffee and cacao industry. The massive planting is expected to commence in May of this year.   Delivery of materials sourced from Batangas amounting to PHP10 million will soon be completed, according to provincial agriculturist Ildefonso Toledo. The delivery of the "ready-to-plant" materials--composed of over 9,000 grafted seedlings of cacao, and over 8,000 grafted seedlings of coffee--started in late 2017, and are now available at the nursery in La Granja in La Paz District and Agri-Aqua Research and Technology (ART) Center at Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo. Each cacao seedling costs PHP50, while coffee costs PHP45 per seedling.     Twenty-two towns, mostly in the third district, with a total of 1,300 hectares...

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