Tobago Cocoa Estate’s Laura brand of chocolates has been awarded bronze in the International Chocolate Awards 2020/21.
The company was the only one from the Caribbean to secure top honours at the competition which was held virtually this year. The results were announced live from Italy, New York, and the United Kingdom on May 10.
Owner and founder of Tobago Cocoa Estate Duane Dove said he is committed to the indigenous cocoa brand and is already thinking of ways to win the top prize in the next competition which is just four months away.
“We always strive for greater excellence and focus mainly on the great Trinitario cocoa, indigenous to T&T, which we grow and carefully nurture from the tree to the chocolate bar. We have new products in the pipeline which we hope to enter in the next round in September 2021.”
Dove said the estate, located in Roxborough is the first organic certified cocoa estate in T&T. He also operates a farm in Tamana, Trinidad, which produces a range of products under the Rosehill Estate Brand which has also won several international awards over the years.
The Laura chocolate brand is infused with 45 per cent sea salt from the Buccoo Reef and varieties include a 70 per cent dark bar and, 45 per cent dark milk bar.
Some of the companies supplied with products from the estate are Caribbean Airlines Duty-Free, Malabar Farms Gourmet Foods, RT Morehead Gourmet Foods and Lagniappe Duty-Free.
The majority of the products are sold internationally and available in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, European Union countries, and the US.
Dove said winning an international award has many advantages, as it can provide exposure for the product. All the chocolate bars will be labeled with the award which makes the products more visible, and it is a great marketing tool for Tobago especially for the island’s tourism industry.
He is convinced that with the prestige certification, the products will be recognised alongside other renowned craft chocolate brands.