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In 2010, a decision was made at the company to start looking into producing chocolate couvertures and exporting them to Europe in addition to our local business for drinking chocolate. Colombia has some of the best “Fino de Aroma” cocoa beans in the world; a category established by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) for cocoa that reaches certain flavour, aroma, and quality levels. Only 8% of the total global cocoa crop is granted this premium status.
For our entire international portfolio we only use cocoa beans from Fino de Aroma growing regions in South America as well as local cane sugar. We produce all the chocolates in Colombia and export to more than 35 countries as a true origin producer from tree to chocolate.
Most of the beans are bought locally through agreements with the cocoa cooperatives instead of the stock market, and this is very important as we drastically shorten the chain meaning that more money goes back to the origin country. It also means that we have a very close relationship with the farmers, as they are very important to us. We have built commercial agreements with more than 40 associations over the past 110 years.
The Luker Way is our own perspective of sustainability, and consists in our connection with our farmers, the environment, our employees, clients and society at large. We believe in sharing opportunities, technology and the fantastic knowledge behind cocoa growing. In 1962, we founded Granja Luker; one of the few cocoa research centres in the world. Granja Luker has allowed us to develop an education and training model to provide our farmers with the necessary knowledge to build profitable cocoa farms that will have a great impact on their quality of life. More than 800 people are trained every year.