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Itu-Asau Cocoa Growers Association Inc Market Research Meeting

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Itu-Asau Cocoa Growers Association Inc Market Research Meeting

Time: August 2, 2012 to August 3, 2012
Location: Vaisala Village, Savaii Island, SAMOA, South Pacific
Street: Vaisala Hotel Conference Room
City/Town: Vaisala Village
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Phone: +(685)7771414
Event Type: travel
Created By: Tupaemanaia Steve Brown
Latest Activity: Jul 18, 2012

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After a Planning Meeting held 11th July 2012 at the Vaisala Hotel on Savaii Island, Samoa, cocoa growers agreed to meet 2nd August having been awarded a $SAT23,000 Market Research Grant. Contracts with growers are to be matched with Purchase Orders from high-end premium chocolatemakers willing to purchase SAMOA GOLD Premium Cocoa Beans from $USD10-15,000/tonne including freight. This initiative will attract 'Fair Trade Practice' worthiness as more and more Samoan cocoa growers get organic certifications. The Meeting will close with a Resolution to value-add locally with the production of UBC (untempered bulk chocolate) and Koko Samoa (see for distribution of authentic Samoan-made Koko Samoa - a traditional Samoan rich hot chocolate delicacy. A call for 'Sponsors' will be made who would like to offer their support services in distribution, value-adding, cocoa bean production (i.e. improving soil fertility and provision of drip-feed irrigation, etc.) and post harvest fermentation, drying and roasting. "Sponsors" will be offered free accommodation at Vaisala Hotel (see as they review their potential partnership/sponsorship opportunities: opportunities to write reciprocal contracts for SAMOA GOLD Cocoa Beans will arise as this cocoa debut emerges on the world market. For further details, contact Tupaemanaia Dr. Steve Brown ( and Alo Kolone Vaai ( with recent testimonials available on request. Post Meeting Tours have been organized around Savaii Island.

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