SAINT LU­CIAN CHOCO­LATE TOP OF THE CROP IN 2015 ACADEMY OF CHOCO­LATE AWARDS

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

PRASLIN BAY

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.

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