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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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