Slovak chocolate producer launches joint venture in Ecuador

Nitra-based Lyra Chocolate has been collaborating with Indians of the Taisha region.

The Lyra Chocolate in Ivanka pri NitreThe Lyra Chocolate in Ivanka pri Nitre (Source: TASR)

A collaboration between a Slovak chocolate producer and Ecuadorian Indians is continuing. After Nitra-based chocolate manufacturer Lyra Chocolate signed a cooperation agreement with the Indians from the Ecuadorian region of Taisha in early February, the joint venture Taisha Chocolate has been launched.

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With the new venture, the Slovak chocolate producer has become co-owner of land in Amazonian rain forests, where it will build a centre for the fermentation and drying of the cacao beans. Lyra Chocolate will manufacture bars from these beans at its plant in Ivanka pri Nitra, a village close to Nitra. The chocolate will be part of the producer’s tree-to-bar line, the SITA newswire reported.

Cocao from this area is of a high quality, without any traces of cross-breeding or artificial pollination. Lyra Chocolate found it with the help a Slovak missionary from the Salesian order who is staying at a mission there.

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This was the first international contract signed by a representative of the Taisha region. Slovak President Andrej Kiska had been present at the inking of the agreement.

The project has also a social component, as part of the raised money will be used to support development in the Taisha region, said Katarína Jaklovská of Lyra Chocolate.

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