In autumn 1998, Divine Chocolate started the first ever fairtrade chocolate business in the UK, where Ghanaian cocoa farming co-operatives own shares and therefore have a more direct voice in the confectionery market. Why can’t we get chocolate that’s like the European style?”. They started wondering why Ghana wasn’t producing chocolate with its abundance of cocoa beans and were inspired to set up their boutique chocolate company, ‘57 Chocolates, in homage to Ghana’s independence in 1957. “Chocolate has an evocative story and it is an evocative product.” Cacao Medium AU. Any rational venture capitalist would have fired me years ago and closed what I do down,” he says. The company has seven different types in total; Kingsbite, Akuafo, Coffee Choc, Oranco, Portem Nut, Portem Pride and Tetteh Quarshie. Mayan Monkey Mijas ES. Other companies like ‘57 Chocolates are beginning to tap into this market. The country is widely known for its cocoa beans, but not its chocolate. Niche exports via private label customers in Germany and Barbados, but the company is planning on more exports in 2018. Despite the challenges, Kwakwa believes it’s important for Ghana to produce its own chocolate “to enjoy the benefit of value addition—both financially and in improving our sense of national pride.”. All donations are tax deductible. The event will bring together the prime players from the value chain, including those from Ghana. With a background in startup support, she wanted to create a business adding value to a Ghanaian resource. When it comes to exports, according to government figures, Ghana and neighboring Côte d’Ivoire account for about 60 percent of the world’s output of cocoa. Statistics from 2014 to 2016 show Ghana imports are between US$2.23 million and US$8.06 million worth of chocolate a year, but exports between US$1 billion and $US2 billion of cocoa beans a year. They make chocolate engraved with visual symbols originally created by the Ashanti of Ghana. As a result, an interchange and hospital were named after him, and cocoa is one of the biggest exports of the country. But tastes are changing in Ghana—there is a rising middle class and a large foreign community. is available in supermarkets and fuel station shops through the country. They keep the tradition from ‘bean to bar’ and adorning their chocolate with Adinkra symbols. Wallace started Omahene in 1991 as the first commercial chocolate maker in Ghana, and perhaps the first brand in the world to offer bean to bar single origin chocolate. has been around for 27 years, Wallace says he is not surprised others are also pushing bean-to-bar chocolate in Ghana. However, they are not without challenges, Niche Cocoa Industry Limited Marketing Manager Akua Kwakwa says, citing the high and volatile cost of imported raw material needed such as milk and sugar. While imported chocolate and sweets lined supermarket aisles in Ghana this past holiday season, there is a quiet, sweet revolution bubbling away in this country known for its cocoa. Dreamily shaped coffins were carefully constructed to celebrate the dead by making a metaphoric reference to their professions or achievements. While ‘57 Chocolates, Moments, and Niche all supply bean-to-bar products to their local markets, Ghana’s first commercial chocolate factory was established 27 years ago to purely export. “This is a labor of love. Food Tank is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. But tastes are changing in Ghana—there is a. and a large foreign community. CA From its cradle in Mesoamerica where seeds of cocoa were used as currency, to the use of the bittersweet liquid as an aphrodisiac among the ruling classes in 16th century Europe, through to present day where two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is produced in Western Africa (Côte d’Ivoire is the largest source, cultivating 1,448,992 tonnes yearly), cocoa makes the world go round! The best brands of chocolate include 57 Chocolate, founded by two Pan-African sisters who are reawakening Ghana ’s 1957 ‘can do’ spirit by introducing artisanal chocolate with no artificial flavors, colours and preservatives. She makes chocolate bars, truffles, praline bars, and chocolate spreads, and she is working on cookies and premium popcorn. While sweets might not be as popular as they are in the west, imports show they are growing in popularity, as does increasing availability at supermarkets. Meet sisters, Priscilla and Kimberly Addison. After moving home to Ghana from England three years ago, Ruth Amoah started making Moments Chocolate. © 2013-2020 Food Tank. She has also reported from across West Africa, the US, UK and her home country New Zealand. Cocoa Runners on the other hand, run the world in search of the world’s best chocolate bars. Wallace started Omahene in 1991 as the first commercial chocolate maker in Ghana, and perhaps the first brand in the world to offer bean to bar single origin chocolate. Kimberly finds demand is increasing as more people hear about her and her sister, and more people want to support locally made products. While Omanhene has been around for 27 years, Wallace says he is not surprised others are also pushing bean-to-bar chocolate in Ghana.