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Davao-made chocolate steps up, wins Silver Award in London


After getting the bronze award in 2015 at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, Davao-made Malagos chocolate stepped its game up and won the silver award this time in the same competition.

Malagos Premium 100% Unsweetened Chocolate bagged the silver prize during the Academy of Chocolate’s Eighth Golden Bean Awards for the Drinking Chocolate (plain) category.

The same honor was given to Akesson’s Organic, specifically to its 75% Brazil Choc Drops Drinking Chocolate; and to Pump Street Bakery for its Single Origin Drinking Chocolat. Both chocolate makers are from United Kingdom.

The gold award was given to Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate from California.

The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 by five of Britain's leading chocolate professionals to push for better chocolate and promote awareness on the differences between fine chocolates and mass-produced chocolate confectionery.  

The award is Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp.’s third international recognition.

The first one was in April 2015 when it won a bronze award from the Academy of Chocolate Awards for the same product, Malagos Premium 100% Unsweetened Chocolate, under the Best Unflavoured Drinking Chocolate category.

In October 2015, Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate won a silver award at the 2015 International Chocolate Awards' World Drinking Chocolate Competition in the Dark Drinking Chocolate Category, specifically drinks made with milk.

“That we won three major international awards almost within one year is something every Filipino can be proud of,” said chocolate maker Rex Puentespina, who is also the sales and marketing director of Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp.

The company started its chocolate business in 2012, when it ventured into making premium single-origin cocoa liquor.  It grows cacao trees in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City and supplies true-to-type cacao seedlings, seeds, and scions all over Mindanao. The Puentespina family has been working closely with more than 40 small farmers in the area, using cacao beans harvested from trees growing in the foothills of Mount Talomo in Davao. —ALG, GMA News

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