London, United Kingdom – Philippine chocolate brand Risa Chocolate joined the The Chocolate Show London on 14-16 October 2016 held at Olympia National Hall in Kensington. For the first time in the recent years, a Philippine SME has participated in a chocolate trade show in London. Risa Chocolate is also the only Philippine exhibitor to participate in the show this year.
The exhibition is recognized as United Kingdom’s biggest celebration of everything chocolate, which is joined by popular fine chocolate British brands like Hotel Chocolat, Rococo Chocolates and Paul A Young, to name a few.
Risa Chocolate is co-owned by Filipino couple Pam and Lawrence Cinco. Pam has explored the local cacao bean production and was inspired in her pursuit to make fine chocolates. “Risa Chocolate is made in the Philippines where our unique terroir blends with single origin cacao beans, excellent craftsmanship, and a lot of passion,” according to the company.
Their products are single-origin chocolates made from cacao beans, which are sourced from the Philippine provinces of Bicol and South Cotabato. Pam said that the finished chocolate bars do not contain soy lecithin, letting the cacao beans taste even better as they age.
The Philippine SME also created ‘The Pilitas’ range, which are made of native Pili nuts – a local Philippine snack – covered in chocolate.
Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Evan Garcia visited the Risa Chocolate booth at the chocolate show alongside Commercial Attaché and Philippine Trade and Investment Centre London Head Kristine Umali to show support and encourage show visitors to try samples.
“I am proud that Philippine SMEs and brands are starting to breach the global market and show that Philippine cacao as well as our fine chocolates are truly world class,” said Commercial Attaché Umali
For a taste of these excellent chocolate products, Risa Chocolates are available, for a limited time, at Romulo Cafe, 343 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NW.