Cocoa Producers in Colombia
Cacao producers in Colombia have managed to position cacao in the international market, and it has turned out to be one of the finest and most demanded in the world.
Colombia has over 176,000 hectares of cacao planted in 442 municipalities and produces an estimated 60,000 tons per year. The concentration of the production is in the departments of Santander (41%), Antioquia (8%), Arauca, Huila, and Tolima (7%). In 2018 the country exported about 7,000 tons of cocoa beans and at least 13,000 tons of semi-finished and finished products derived from cacao, According to Fedecacao’s report until 2018.
The production of chocolate, cocoa liquor, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, chocolate-covered cookies, and other cacao derived products begin their process in rural areas of Colombia with the cultivation and extraction of cacao seeds. The seeds are fermented and cleaned to be transformed and obtain the derivatives to which the necessary ingredients are added to reach the final chocolate products.
According to the deputy director of the ANDI Food Industry Chamber in 2019, 548 companies were registered with the Chambers of Commerce, whose purpose is the production of cocoa, chocolate, and confectionery products.
Colombian cacao is recognized in the world as one of the finest for its quality and flavor. The country has a geographic location that provides high-quality soil and the perfect temperature for the production of this exquisite and highly demanded fruit. The cacao grown in Colombia is characterized for having a first-class flavor and delicious aroma that has taken it to recognitions in multiple international events such as ‘Salon del Chocolate 2015’ in Paris. Investors around the world have targeted Colombia as a principal cacao supplier to their businesses and chocolate lovers as the home of deliciousness.