12 Dec 2017

Chocolatier to import cocoa from American Samoa

11:42 am on 12 December 2017

A chocolate manufacturer in Samoa says in the future it may source cocoa beans from American Samoa.

At present, Wilex, uses cocoa supplied by farmers in Upolu and Savaii, but company representative Nathan Wilson says it is also looking at supplies from American Samoa.

A cocoa tree planting programme was spearheaded by American Samoa's Department of Agriculture between 2008 and 2012 and cocoa plantations sprung up in Fagasa, Malaeloa and even in Manua.

Wilex exports chocolates and cocoa powder to New Zealand and Australia and is now promoting its products in the territory.

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