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T&T cocoa wins top spot at international awards in France
Trinidad and Tobago won first prize in the category of “spicy” in the prestigious Salut du Chocolat in Paris, France, on Friday. It was one of three cocoa samples nominated for final recognition at the International Cocoa Awards Edition 2011. This country’s cocoa beans have excelled at the Show for the third year in a row, having won first place in the categories of “sweetness” and “fruity” in 2009 and first place in “fruity” and “floral” last year. Senator Vasant Bharath, Minister of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs left yesterday to be part of the premier annual event and to receive the award on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Senator Bharath is also expected to meet with Chocolate Houses’ representatives and participate in the celebrations of the 17th Anniversary of the Paris International Salut du Chocolat in Porte de Versailles, France.
The Paris International Salon du Chocolat and the Professional Chocolate Show are the world’s largest events dedicated wholly to professionals in the chocolate industry and to cocoa producing countries. The cocoa industry in the Caribbean is made up of nine cocoa producing countries, including Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Five of these countries carry the distinguished status of exclusive exporters of fine or flavour cocoa, as determined by the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO)—the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Other members of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation are Cynthra Persad, Director, Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board (CCIB) and Patricia Maharaj, Agronomist, Cocoa Research Unit, Research Division, Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs.