The Ministry of Production (Produce) aims to promote the production of chocolates with the highest content of Peruvian cocoa and with quality standards necessary to enter the most relevant markets abroad, said the minister of the portfolio, Raúl Pérez-Reyes, according to Andina News Agency.
“We want to work and improve the entire cocoa chain, hold more fairs, and produce chocolates that contain 70% to 80% of Peruvian cocoa and Peruvian fruits such as aguaymanto, among others, and thus generate products with export quality and also, for the market internal”, he said to this media.
One of the goals of the Ministry of Production is to produce cocoa that meets very high standards through technical regulations and minimum levels of quality so that they can talk about a Peruvian chocolate with more cocoa and less sugar.
According to information from Andina, the chocolate industry in the country will not be forced to raise its level of cocoa to 70% or 80%. The companies can offer chocolates with more cocoa content voluntarily if they wish to do so.
“It should be noted that at the end of December 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) estimated having the draft technical regulation on the use of cocoa in products made as chocolates ready by January of this year”, you can read in Andina.