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Japanese city wants to source cacao beans from Davao City

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By Yas D. Ocampo

Davao City – The Kitakyushu City government is seeking a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Davao City that will create a chocolate industry exchange, with the latter providing the cacao beans that will be used by the Japanese city in producing chocolates.

This was one of the results of the visit of Davao City’s delegation to the Japanese city earlier this year, according to the City Information Office.

In her November 28 visit to Japan, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kitakyushu City Mayor Kenji Kitahashi for a Green Sister City Cooperation.

Kitakyushu is working with Davao City for a solid waste management project, among these a possible construction of a waste to energy plant here.

“The mayor of Kitakyushu is interested in Davao’s cacao beans as a source for their chocolate industry. They are familiar with the Malagos Chocolate as it has won various awards internationally and want to check out the possibilities in that area,” Carpio said.

The Mayor said the Kitakyushu mayor is familiar with the cacao produced by Malagos Agri-Ventures Corp. Malagos cacao beans was recently chosen as one of the best 50 (out of the 166 bean samples submitted) cacao beans samples during the International Cocoa Awards held in Paris.

“They produce chocolates formed into nuts and bolts and you can play with it while eating; it’s not sweet and a little bitter,” she said.

Kitakyushu City is also known as the City of Iron because of the large ironwork companies in the area.

Because of this, the Neji choco which is 57 percent made of cacao and shaped like nuts and bolts, became the most sought after souvenir from the city, the office said.

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