SAINT LUCIAN CHOCOLATE TOP OF THE CROP IN 2015 ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATE AWARDS
Luxury chocolate brand, Hotel Chocolat, has scooped the most awards at this prestigious world event, two of them for products made exclusively from Saint Lucian cocoa, grown at its own estate in Soufriere as well as from 160 cacao growers across the island.
The Awards, now taking place for the seventh time, are a highly anticipated event in the international chocolate calendar. This year a record number of entries was received with over 500 products from all over the world. Judging took an extensive five days and the tasting panel included globally recognised chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists.
Hotel Chocolat was awarded Silver in the “Bean to Bar under 80%” category for its Rabot Estate Single Cote, Bord du Lac 70% cocoa and Bronze in the “Best Flavoured Milk Bar” category for its Saint Lucian 65% Milk Earl Grey.
Hotel Chocolat was the first chocolatier to make single-origin Saint Lucian chocolate in 2007. Prior to this, local cocoa beans that made it to market were lost in mixed bulk sales and anonymous chocolate blends. If properly fermented, dried, roasted and conched, Saint Lucian beans can produce chocolate with a dazzling array of tasting notes, ranging from classically rich cocoa to black tea and ripe yellow fruit,
THE LONG AWAITED CONSTRUCTION OF NEW JETTIES IN SAVANNES BAY AND
Complete Marine Services Ltd (CMS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries Cooperatives and Rural Development (MAFFCR) to build two new jetties in Savannes Bay and Praslin Bay. The official signing ceremony took place on 10th April, 2015.
The project, which is funded by the Government of St. Lucia and the Republic of China (Taiwan), is being managed by the Ministry of Infrastructure. Materials are being assembled off-site and works are scheduled to commence on site at Savannes Bay on the 27th April with the target of completing both docks within three months.
Sam Verity, Managing Director of CMS, stated “I am very pleased that CMS has the opportunity to work on a project with such significant community benefits. We recognise how important these new jetties are to both the fishing communities of Savannes and Praslin Bays and to Government and we are very conscious of the trust and confidence placed in us by MAFFCR. CMS is a St. Lucian company, almost entirely staffed by St. Lucian nationals, and we plan to use as much local labour as we can, drawn from the Savannes and Praslin communities.”
The Honourable Moses Jn Baptiste, Minister of MAFFCR, commented, “The completion of the Jetties Project has been anticipated for over one year. The project, which started with the construction of the two concrete abutments earlier this year 2015, will serve fishers, seamoss farmers and individuals from the area who engage in touristic activities. The Government of Saint Lucia appreciates the generosity of the Taiwanese Government and the patience of the fishers of the area. Congratulations to Complete Marine Services Ltd and I look forward to the completion of two world class jetties for the people of Savannes Bay in the south and Praslin in the east.”
Complete Marine Services Ltd (www.cms-sl. com) was founded in 2004 and acquired by the present management in 2008. It is active in both onshore and offshore piling, marine construction and underwater maintenance. Current projects include the foundation piling of the new St. Lucia Dive Centre and Harbour Club Hotel at the southern end of Rodney Bay Marina, including sheet piling the land/sea interface and the installation of boat lifts, walkways and retaining walls. grassy olive oil and dry red Burgundy.
Philip Buckley, Country Head, Saint Lucia comments: “A key part of our plan is helping island growers to keep farming. By buying their harvests at a good price, we allow farmers to reinvest in their farms, and with technical support and access to higher quality cocoa, it’s a win-win for everyone. Today, more than 166 island grower partners have joined us, and we couldn’t be prouder.”
These latest awards solidify Saint Lucia’s global reputation as a top quality cocoa producer and profile the strong food culture of the island.
Hotel Chocolat stocks its Saint Lucia chocolate in 82 company-owned shops across the UK and Scandinavia.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia.