Pacari Chocolate, the Ecuadorian gourmet, organic and biodynamic certified chocolate maker received ten new medals from the International Chocolate Awards (ICA), the most important contest in the fine chocolate industry. Pacari was recognised for its remarkable, innovation, taste and quality during the World Final at The Chocolate Show on 17 October, part of Chocolate Week in London.
Pacari won four gold, five silver and one bronze prizes, adding to the company’s 117 national and international awards since 2012. The judging panel was made up of members of the ICA’s Grand Jury and international judges who travelled to London, joined by local chefs, journalists, bloggers and chocolate specialists.
Santiago Peralta, co-founder of Pacari—named the world’s “Outstanding Chocolate Maker” by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association in 2013—accepted these ten new medals on behalf of Ecuador.
Mr Peralta thanked the natural gifts of Ecuador and the region as well as the commitment of more than 3,500 organic farmers who are behind the brand. “In addition to producing the best cacao in the world, these successes of Pacari continue to show there is no end to creativity when it comes to making the best chocolate in the world in Ecuador,” he said in London after the awards ceremony at the Kensington Olympia convention centre.
With these remarkable achievements, Pacari is far and away the most awarded company in its field in Ecuador and in the world of chocolate.
The fine chocolate maker is present in 37 countries worldwide including the United States, Switzerland, China, Japan, Colombia, Australia, and the UAE. The Pacari line of organic dark chocolate offers around 40 items such as gourmet bars, chocolate nibs, chocolate covered fruits and cocoa. Its business model “from tree to bar” allows local farmers to receive premium prices for their organic cacao beans, consistent with the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Pacari is also the world’s first biodynamic Demeter certified chocolate, the highest method in organic farming.
At the International Chocolate Awards, the Best in Competition overall winners were: in, Plain/origin dark bar categories, Gold: Rogue Chocolatier (United States) – for Porcelana; and in Plain/origin milk bar categories, Gold: Cacaosuyo (Peru) – for Piura Milk.
South America scoops Gold at America’s Competition 2015
Chocolates El Rey of Venezuela and Pacari Chocolate of Ecuador were the top winners this year, at the International Chocolate Awards 2015 Americas Competition judged in New York and at Ultramarinos in Hoboken, New Jersey. Pacari Chocolate won five Golds – including Gold for Organic (Special Award); Gold for Dark bars with an infusion or flavouring; Gold in Dark dragees enrobed whole nuts; and other Special Awards – Gold for Plain/origin dark bars; and Gold for Growing Country; plus nine Silver and two Bronze.
Chocolates El Rey of Venezuela won seven Golds, including Best In Competition for its ‘Caoba’ Plain/origin milk bars; Gold for Plain/origin white bars; and Gold for Plain/origin milk bars. Another South American winner was Cacao Hunters of Colombia.