Awards...Were very proud to announce that our Rabot Estate, Single Côte, Marcial won Silver in the Bean to Bar category at the 2013 Academy of Chocolate Awards.
We have also scooped several awards at the annual Great Taste Awards held in London, including two chocolates made only with Saint Lucian cocoa. Rabot Estate 66% Dark Chocolate and Island Growers 50% Milk with caramel and sea salt were both awarded 2 gold stars by the judges.
Hotel Chocolat Estates Director, Phil Buckley, said, “Winning awards like this is fantastic for putting the fine cocoa of Saint Lucia back on the cocoa map – where it belongs. These awards are also a just reward for the sheer hard work and dedication of our team at Rabot Estate and all of the cocoa farmers who are part of our HCCAPEE cocoa programme. I can’t wait to tell them that their cocoa has won another prestigious award!”
Our HCCAPEE cocoa programme is a pioneering approach that is helping to rejuvenate cocoa farming on Saint Lucia. The farmers that join enjoy a guarantee to buy their entire crop at rates substantially higher than the basic commodity price they used to get. That’s as well as providing technical help and access to Rabot Estate’s fine Trinitario cocoa seedlings. Already, 140 farmers have joined the scheme and Hotel Chocolat has orders for 40,000 seedlings this year alone.