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The Sweetest Way to Build the Economy The UWI-CRC World Cocoa and Chocolate Day Expo

For Release Upon Receipt - October 4, 2017

St. Augustine

The UWI’s Cocoa Research Centre’s (CRC) 6th annual World Cocoa and Chocolate Day two-day expo aims at building a new cocoa economy based on value addition, branding, niche marketing and attracting investment and expansion of Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa industry. The expo will highlight the untapped opportunities for cocoa and chocolate and showcase the vast potential the industry holds for local and regional economic diversification.

Minister of Agriculture, Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat will deliver the feature address at the opening ceremony on Friday October 6 and everything cocoa-related will be covered. Attractions and activities include; the Cacao Dreams: Chocolate Haven exhibition; Sign-ups for tours to the world's largest universal collection of cocoa; opportunities to learn chocolate making or to become a chocolate flavour ‘connoisseur’; the annual Innovations in Chocolate Cuisine Food and Beverage Challenge; Chocolate Jeopardy, DNA model building and other games with prizes including hand-crafted artwork by local artists and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate – a veritable chocolate food fest featuring the best of the chocolate-based cuisines and confectioneries including CRC’s chocolate fountain.

Look out for the following exhibitors: Cocoa Republic (Saturday only), RODCO Home Essentials, The Dessert Lab, MDS Imports Ltd - Ciao Café, JB Chocolates (Friday only), Trinidad Chocolate Factory

Sparkling Gold Chocolates (Friday only), Magnolia Chocolatier, Cocoa Butter Ice Cream Company, Suite Scents, Cryscelin CreationZ, Ortinola Estates, Kerry's Kupkakery, Cocobel Chocolate, Philippa's Garden, CDCTTL (Omarbean/ARCC, Point Fortin Mixologists, SW Peninsula), Gina's Chocolates, Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Co-operative Society Limited.

The event is open to the public and all are invited. It takes place October 6 from 11am to 6pm and October 7 from 9.30am to 5pm at JFK Auditorium. For more information, please visit or or, also follow the hashtag #ForTheLoveofChocolate or call 662-2002 ext. 82115.

About World Cocoa and Chocolate Day

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day the brainchild of the International Cocoa Organisation and the Académie Française du Chocolat et de la Confiserie, is celebrated on the 1st of October to bring greater awareness in consumers and the public of the living conditions of cocoa growers’ worldwide in an effort to build a sustainable cocoa economy.




About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)