Philippines’ chocolate manufacturer, Auro Chocolate is planning to further expand its international distribution beyond Philippines. Auro uses cacao grown in Davao, Philippines for its chocolate products.
Mark M.Ocampo, Managing Director of Auro Chocolate said, “We want to strengthen our distribution in other countries so that more people are able to enjoy and appreciate fine Philippine chocolate.”
Auro has so far exported its products to Spain, Australia, Singapore and US, and it just opened a store in Tokyo in October 2018.
As a bean-to-bar chocolate company, Auro has full control of the production process from sourcing the cocoa beans to making the chocolate bar. The company helps farmers by providing them with cacao seeds and other forms of support, then later buy their beans at a premium. Ocampo said he was inspired to go into the chocolate business, after finding out that an American company used Philippine cacao beans in its chocolates.
Launched in May 2015, Auro started by supplying chocolate products to hotels such as Shangri-la Boracay and The Peninsula Manila. Its chocolate bars are also sold in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores, Echo Store, Gourdos and SMs Kultura.
Auro sees bright prospects for the cacao industry in the Philippines in the next 5 years.