There’s been a lot of news recently about cacao production in San Martin. Rather than try to cover such a wide subject myself, I thought I’d put together a chronological selection of articles from across the web (call me lazy if you like, I can handle it).
Cacao in San Martin, Peru
First, a bit of background information from the World Cacao Foundation in 2008:
- December 22, 2008 – Tracking the Origin of Cacao: The Search for New Cacao Germplasm in the Peruvian Amazon; World Cacao Foundation (article can be found about three quarters of the way down the page).
Moving on to 2010:
- January 1, 2010 – Drug Lords vs. Chocolate: From Coca to Cacao in Peru; Time.com.
- February 11, 2010 – Chocolate Replaces Cocaine in Some Areas of Peru; CNN.
- June 28, 2010 – Peru Hosts First International Cacao and Chocolate Fair in Latin America; Organic & Wellness News.
- July 10, 2010 – European Chocolatiers Shower Praise on Peru Cocoa; Reuters.
The Future of Organic Peruvian Cacao
So, things look quite promising as far as the speciality markets are concerned. The future of organic Peruvian cacao looks bright – hopefully it will continue to live up to its potential.
If you want some more general information about cacao in Peru have a look at this PDF file, Cacao in Peru: A Rising Star. It’s a government-packaged report so it might be a little biased, but it’s pretty comprehensive. If you have any thoughts, extra information etc then feel free to post a comment in the comments box.
Image by Prinzessin, Wikimedia Commons.