Aequare Fine Chocolates Brings World-Class Ecuadorian Choco
Aequare is Only Chocolatier to Source Ingredients and Manufacture in Country
06.26.2009 – Quito, Ecuador -- June 29, 2009 -- Long known for producing some of
the world’s finest cocoa beans, Ecuador’s newest export created for American
chocolate lovers is Aequare Fine Chocolates (www.aequarechocolates.com), the
first chocolatier to export world-class confections into the U.S. made almost entirely
from ingredients and materials produced in the country of origin.
Aequare will make its formal U.S debut at the Food Fete media event on June 29 in
New York City.
Founded by native Californian, classically trained chef and now Ecuadorian resident,
Jeff Stern, Aequare creates origin chocolate confections made from ingredients and
raw materials sourced virtually entirely within Ecuador, from raw ingredients all the
way to packaging. The only exceptions are ingredients such as vanilla beans, which
are not commercially grown or produced in Ecuador.
This distinction of “origin chocolate confections” is important since virtually all other
premium chocolate confections imported into the US (of any level of quality) are
made with ingredients sourced from all over the world: beans from West Africa,
sugar from Costa Rica, vanilla from Madagascar, dairy from the U.S., and fruit
purees from Europe, then manufactured in the U.S.
“Living and working in Ecuador makes it easy for me to access the local ingredients
and develop personal relationships with many of our suppliers, giving me
invaluable, first-hand experience with their growing and manufacturing processes,”
said Stern. “I call this process ‘direct trade,’ enabling me to make regular visits to
cacao farm in the Los Rios province, for example."
Integral to Aequare’s mission is the way in which it supports Ecuadorian
companies, demonstrating ethical sourcing practices that keep as much of the
added value in the local Ecuadorian economy.