Trinidad and Tobago was on Wednesday awarded first prize in the category of ‘spicy’ in the ‘Salut du Chocolat’ in Paris, France.
The country was judged first following the submission of three cocoa samples nominated last month for final recognition at the International Cocoa Awards Edition 2011. The island’s beans have excelled at the Show for the third consecutive year, having won first place in the categories of ‘sweetness’ and ‘fruity’ in 2009 and first place in ‘fruity’ and ‘floral’ in 2010.
The island’s Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs Minister, Senator Vasant Bharath, left the island on Thursday to be part of the premier annual event and to receive the Award on behalf of the Government. Bharath is also expected to meet with representatives from Chocolate Houses’ representatives and participate in the celebrations of the 17th Anniversary of the Paris International Salut du Chocolat from October 20-24, 2011 in Porte de Versailles, France.
The Paris International Salon du Chocolat and the Professional Chocolate Show are the world’s largest events dedicated wholly to professionals in the chocolate industry and to cocoa producing countries.
Belize, Dominica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago are considered the region’s major cocoa producing countries. Five (5) of these countries carry the distinguished status of exclusive exporters of fine or flavour cocoa, as determined by the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO); namely the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.