(Business in Cameroon) - After his visit to Ntui, in Central Cameroon (largest cocoa production basin accounting for 45.45% of national sales), Eddy Van Belle, president of the administrative board of French group Puratos, was in Zoétélé and Akomnyada, on October 22, 2019.
"Eddy Van Belle discovered the itinerary of the most beautiful cocoa in the world, Cameroonian cocoa to be precise. He saw dedicated and diligent young people at work. There was also no underage workers or deforestation for the purpose of production. He also met about fifty young women who own quality plantations and witnessed the most refined processing methods," indicated the Minister of Commerce who led the visit.
Eddy Van Belle, on the other hand, has not revealed the intentions behind his country visits yet. For the minister of commerce, Puratos is "attracted by the quality" of Cameroonian cocoa.
Let’s note that these visits are in line with the French chocolate maker’s credo which is: "Having good cocoa beans is the number one rule for obtaining delicious chocolate. In order to produce superior quality chocolate, it is important to know where cocoa beans are harvested and how the fermentation process takes place.”
Puratos is an agri-food group operating in the bakery, pastry and chocolate sectors. It processes more than 200,000 tons of cocoa beans every year for its various products.