Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam inaugurated its Cocoa Collection and Fermentation Plant in Ben Tre province in Vietnam, the first of its kind in the country. This plant also includes a Cocoa Development Center that was opened in collaboration with Mars Group. Both initiatives confirm the strong commitment of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam towards long-term investment in the Vietnam cocoa industry.
A vertically integrated approach to quality cocoa
With the official opening of the first CCFP, as well as a CDC, Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam confirms its commitment and investments to accelerate the development of the sustainable cocoa industry in Vietnam. It is also proof of the company’s vertical integration approach to cocoa. Mr. Gricha Safarian, Managing Director of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam, comments: “The “beans to bar” concept will be the game changer to the cocoa industry in Vietnam. The opening of the fermentation plant is one of the last steps taken in the region to achieve a full vertical integration from cocoa beans to chocolate bar. This is the result of over ten years of continuous efforts and investment that has gone into the processing of chocolate in Vietnam. Our commitment is strong and our quality approach guarantees the sustainable development of this industry in Vietnam. Instead of relying on importing high added value from abroad, Vietnam is now turning into an exporter of high added value cocoa raw material.”