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UWI celebrates World Chocolate and Cocoa Day

For Release Upon Receipt - September 28, 2011

St. Augustine

The international community celebrates World Cocoa and Chocolate Day this October and the Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) joins the celebrations with an exhibition of locally grown and produced cocoa and chocolate on Friday 30th September, 2011, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Sir Frank Stockdale Building, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, UWI St. Augustine Campus. 

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day is celebrated internationally on October 1st and the CRU takes this opportunity to recognise and trumpet the exclusive flavour of Trinidad and Tobago’s Trinitario cocoa and the collective efforts of the country’s more than 3,000 cocoa farmers.

The exhibition will feature displays and products on sale from a number of local and regional chocolatiers and cocoa producers, including Cocobel Chocolates, Delft Cocoa Plantations, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, Tobago Cocoa Estate, Gina’s Hand Made Truffles, Cacao Atlanta, the Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cocoa Research Division of the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs. 

As an added treat to the event, the CRU will offer samples of its soon to be released International Cocoa Genebank signature dark chocolate line.   

This event is open to UWI staff and students.  

For further information, please contact the Cocoa Research Unit at 868 662-2002 Ext. 83331 or 83332.


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.



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