Santo Domingo.- The company Commercial Roig C. x A. signed a contract with the Mitsubishi Corporation, a supplier of Lotte, one of Japan’s major chocolate companies, to supply Dominican cocoa to make a chocolate bar called "Dominican."
Lotte recently introduced the bar to the Japanese market which uses only Dominican cocoa, and whose wrapping features a map of the country.
"Cocoa for Lotte Corporation is developed and selected at Roig’s cocoa fermentation and drying center located in San Francisco de Macoris (northeast), considered one of the world’s largest and most modern processing centers," commercial exports manager Gabriel Roig said.
He said the center’s infrastructure guarantees optimum and uniform quality for their customers.
Dominican Republic is the world’s top organic cocoa exporter; the continent’s 3rd largest producer and 8th in exports with 42,000 metric tons in 2007, and income of US$55 million.
Of 2007’s total cocoa exports around 16,700 tons are organic cocoa, and the best prices are in foreign markets, especially in Europe. Organic cocoa exports are expected to top 20,000 metric tons in 2008.