4 Jun 2013

First export of Solomon Islands cocoa shipped out of Honiara

4:33 am on 4 June 2013

The first export of Solomon Islands cocoa to New Zealand has been shipped out of Honiara.

Solomon Commodities Exports shipped six tonnes of beans to its newly established processing centre in the North Island city of Tauranga last week.

The SIBC reports the centre will initially manufacture and distribute cocoa block, liquor and nibs products to chocolate manufacturers and catering industry consumers in New Zealand.

Solomon Commodities Exports managing director, Clive Carroll, says the Tauranga facility will now give Solomon Islands cocoa specific origin identity.