There is one Japanese company who wants to put up a chocolate factory here in Davao Region next year.
“ Instead of sourcing its beans from Davao, this Japanese company has decided to put up its chocolate factory here,” said Val Tutur, executive director of Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CDAMI) at the Kapehan sa Dabaw on October 9, Monday.
Since it is still under negotiation, the name of the company has been withheld. It is also in negotiation whether it would put up its plant in Panabo or in Madaum.
“The reason why they wanted to put up a factory here is because it will be cost less compared to bringing the raw materials to Japan,” said Tutur.
He said the Japanese company has been closely working with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry. “We are closely coordinating with them to ensure the quality of our cacao,” he said.
The promotion of cacao in the country for the last five years has resulted to a production of a good quality of cacao. “We teach the farmers on the right thing to do, the good manufacturing process and we taught them how to nurture their cacao on farm,” said Tutur
This also attracted the European market which is now interested in sourcing beans from Davao.
The cooperatives under CDAMI will be the primary source for the Japanese and European market. It will be coming from two cooperatives from Paquibato, four cooperatives from Calinan and one from Marilog.
Meanwhile, the Davao Chocolate Festival will be held at Sm Ecoland Davao on October 12 to 15. “The good thing about this Davao Chocolate Festival is it is on its fourth year and a lot of farmers are encourage to venture in chocolate making industry,” said Tutur.
The four day duration of the festival will feature the story of making chocolate and other activities that will sure be enjoyed by the people.
Meanwhile the Cacao city located in Pasalubong Center at Palma Gil Street is now open to the public. “Maganda talaga ang supporta ni Mayor Sara, in fact siya talaga ang nag push sa ideya ng Chocolate Capital where in meron talagang Chocolate center,” said Tutur.
The City Government of Davao supported CDAMI in establishing of the chocolate center in order to live up the vision of the Mayor that Davao city will become the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines.