Chocolate, Cashews and Vanilla: 7 Success Stories from African Companies

Producers of the chocolate, cashew and vanilla industry and with the support of the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, the UK Trade Partnerships Program of the International Trade Center brought together seven companies to present the pure taste of the products Africans at the Food Matters Live virtual event from October 13 to 14, 2020.

Chocolate companies from Ghana, cashew nuts from the Ivory Coast and vanilla from Comoros were at the fair.

The seven producers were the only African companies represented at the event. Here you can take a quick look at the participating companies:


Cocoa Processing Company

It is the manufacturer of Goldentree chocolates, which are produced from 100% Premium Ghanaian cocoa beans with no substitutes or mixes. The company produces milk and dark chocolate in a variety of flavors, peanut chocolate sprinkles and handcrafted treats.

Plot Enterprise

It is a cocoa processing company in Ghana that has been recognized by the Rainforest Alliance for its high quality products and sustainable processes. The company processes raw cocoa beans into semi-finished products that include natural and alkalized cocoa liquor, natural cocoa butter, natural and alkalized cocoa cake, and natural cocoa powder.

Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Company

Their products from this Ghana company are sold all over the world, including natural cocoa liquor, natural / deodorized cocoa butter, natural cocoa beans and natural cocoa powder.

Afrotropic partners with Gruppo Nutkao of Italy to bring the latest processing technology for bulk export to global markets.

Niche Cocoa Industry

From cocoa beans to chocolate bars: the heart of this business is a vision to enrich the lives of cocoa farmers in Ghana. Niche produces high quality semi-finished cocoa products and confectionery for supply to industries around the world.

Other products

Organic Africa

The company embodies the future of agriculture in Africa by working with smallholder farmers and wild gatherers across Zimbabwe to identify the potential for value-added organic production, processing and marketing of superior value herbs, spices and medicinal plants, including chili peppers, paprika, mint, thyme and calendula.

Photo: Organic Africa.

Organic Africa builds on indigenous knowledge systems.

Cooperative Group Mayendeleyo

It is a supplier and exporter of Bourbon Vanilla from Comoros. Comoros vanilla is known for its quality and high vanillin content. The Mayendeleyo Cooperative works with a network of small farmers on the island of Grande Comore and offers other spices such as cloves.

Ivoirienne Noix de Cajou

From the natural home of the cashew in Côte d’Ivoire, the company has built a network of sustainable business relationships to ensure that the cashew that leaves the farm to reach your plate is a high-quality nut.

The farmers know the factory workers and this investment in labor enables the financial independence of the predominantly female staff of Ivoirienne Noix de Cajou.



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