Auro Chocolate Opens in Tokyo, Japan
Auro Chocolate is a proudly Filipino bean-to-bar company that sources their cacao from farming communities in Davao, Philippines. They have been making waves not only for their quality (at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London last July, they won bronze for their 70% Dark Chocolate Saloy Reserve (Tree to Bar Category) and for their 32% Roasted White Chocolate Cashew (Flavored White Chocolate Bar category) but also for their premium gold-tinged packaging. They are also going “beyond bean-to-bar” by offering constant support to farmers by teaching them about organic farming and business management fundamentals.
In line with their goal of placing the Philippines on the world cocoa map, they have recently opened their first international boutique in Tokyo, Japan, just a little after a year of operations, last October 7, 2018. “Our Japanese founders found us through social media,” explains co-founder Mark Ocampo, “And after coming to the Philippines and trying all the local chocolate available in the market, they chose our brand because they liked the quality and our story really resonated with them. Japan is one of the most challenging markets to penetrate-- they have some of the highest standards in the world. They put so much value in the quality of products they provide to their people, and we are humbled that our partners in Japan believe in us enough to bring us there!