Valrhona first met with Osella’s director, Mr Jacinto Andrade, in 2017. After several exchanges about our respective approaches, covering cocoa quality and our views on building long-term relationships, as well as sample analyses, field visits and meeting producers, we decided to start a commercial relationship in 2018. All of these exchanges focused on "Nacional" cocoa, Ecuador's emblematic variety. Following this first collaboration, a partnership was signed in 2019, in order to build our relationship and develop our strategy to benefit the sustainability of the cocoa "Nacional" sector.

2019 Partnership signature

Length of partnership : 3 years

Private company Type of organization

41 Number of employees

Since 2019

We have funded a producer support program led by Osella with the help of a team of technicians

This project covers 8 provinces across the country and aims to improve producers’ agricultural practices, from pruning, fertilizing and renovating plots, to improving fermentation and drying. This project is focused on the preserving the national treasure that is the "Nacional" cocoa variety

280 producer beneficiaries

1,200Ha impacted

Incomes improved

for producers via quality premiums