A Cameroonian couple, Christelle and Christian Mekoh, officially opened a chocolate factory named Aschenti Cocoa on December 17, 2016 on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba in Canada.
This artisanal unit producing chocolate has the particularity of producing chocolate made from cocoa beans coming straight from Cameroon, notably from a plantation acquired and exploited for some years by the co-owners of Aschenti Cocoa.
“We want people to live an experience, to discover chocolate, pure chocolate. What surprised me during my visits to the plantations is that there are farmers who have never eaten chocolate. They inherited the plantations of their grandparents, their parents. It’s crazy. You work all your life with something, but you have never tasted chocolate! “, Explains Christelle Mekoh.
As a reminder, according to ICCO statistics, the world’s largest cocoa producers, which are African countries, are also the smallest consumers of chocolate. This is Côte d’Ivoire, the largest cocoa-producing country, consuming only 48 grams of chocolate per capita per year, compared with 55 grams in Ghana, 12 grams in Nigeria and 20 grams in Cameroon.
The biggest consumers are the Swiss and the Belgian, with consumption ratios of 6 and 5.7 kg of chocolate per capita per year. Then come the Germans (4.03 kg per capita per year), the French (3.43 kg) and the Americans (2.45 kg).