Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Chocolates, Dulces y Similares, A.C. (ASCHOCO) and its associates continue working to raise awareness about the importance of reactivating the cultivation of cocoa in the Mexican countryside.
The production of this ancestral seed in Mexico is concentrated mainly in Tabasco (68.8%) and Chiapas (31.1%), states that contribute 99% to the total production of the country, the rest is produced in Oaxaca, Guerrero and Veracruz according to data from Servicio de Información Agroalimentaria y Pesquera.
"At ASCHOCO we work with several of our associates and an example of them are: Ecom Trading, Hershey's and Mars with whom actions have been implemented to increase the productivity of cocoa production in Mexico. The great challenge of the industry is to find raw material in order to achieve the production objectives; only 27 tons are generated in Mexican field, that’s why companies are forced to import raw material to complete the annual production that is estimated between 70-75 tons, " highlighted Miguel Ángel Saínz Trapaga, president of the association.
Despite this, the trade balance of the chocolate industry is healthy because when comparing imports and exports of production and raw materials, the result favors the country by making more exports, generating income to Mexico for more than US $ 179 million according to numbers corresponding to the end of 2017.