Fresh from their SILVER win at the Academy of Chocolate Awards early this year, cacao farmers from Davao City, Philippines win again! Mabuhay!
This is our 4th major international award in fine chocolate competition.
There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those entries 141 were awarded 3 stars, 878 received 2 stars and 2,520 were given 1 star accolades last August.
Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drinks. It is the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the epicurean equivalent of the ‘Booker prize’. The Great Taste logo is your assurance of trustworthy quality when buying food and drinks from your local retailer.
The panel of judges included TV chef and author Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, fifth generation baker Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose and chefs including James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants.
It was our first time to join the Great Taste competition. We have, however, already won three major international awards for our chocolates, namely the Silver at the 2016 Drinking Chocolate competition of the Academy of Chocolate’s Eighth Golden Bean Awards in London; the Silver in the 2015 World Drinking Chocolate Competition in Hannover, Germany; and the Bronze Award for Best Unflavoured Drinking Chocolate at the 2015 Academy Chocolate Awards in London.
Complete list of winners http://greattasteawards.co.uk/2016-winners under Food Category: 413 (any other hot drink, including hot chocolate). More info http://greattasteawards.co.uk/2016-winners/. About Great Taste 2016 http://greattasteawards.co.uk/
PRESS RELEASE (August 2016)
PHILIPPINE-MADE CHOCOLATE WINS AT PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL BLIND-TASTE AWARDS
Malagos Unsweetened Chocolate earns two out of three stars in Great Taste Stars of 2016.
[London] The world’s most prestigious blind-taste food accreditation body has adjudged a Davao-made chocolate drink as one of world’s best. At an announcement of the Great Taste Stars of 2016, Malagos Unsweetened Chocolate was cited as among the world’s best in the Hot Chocolate Drink category, earning two out of the maximum three stars awarded by the body. Malagos Unsweetened Chocolate is made by Malagos Agri-Ventures, based in Davao City in the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines.
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink, and a widely acknowledged and respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and specialty food producers. The black-and-gold Great Taste label is given only to products which pass hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges comprising various professionals from the food industry. Over 10,000 products were blind-tasted for this year’s competition.
Judges called Malagos Unsweetened Chocolate, “Rich and very pure, fruity, and very deeply satisfying, a proper adult hot chocolate … “
It was the first time for the Filipino company to join the Great Taste competition. It has, however, already won three major international awards for its chocolates, namely the Silver at the 2016 Drinking Chocolate competition of the Academy of Chocolate’s Eighth Golden Bean Awards in London; the Silver in the 2015 World Drinking Chocolate Competition in Hannover, Germany; and the Bronze Award for Best Unflavoured Drinking Chocolate at the 2015 Academy Chocolate Awards in London.
The company started its venture in chocolates only in 2012 but has already been engaged in various agricultural and fine foods enterprises for many years now.
“These international competitions are a good opportunity for us to get feedback from respected critics and renowned connoisseurs from around the world,” said Rex Victor Puentespina, chocolate maker and Head of Sales & Marketing of Malagos Agri-Ventures. “Each comment helps us further improve our product and allow us to benchmark with other chocolate drinks from around the world,” he added.
The award-winning entry, Malagos Premium 100% Unsweetened Chocolate, was one of the company’s first efforts in producing high-quality, single-origin chocolates from cacao trees grown in the foothills of Mount Talomo in Davao. The company makes other premium, single- origin chocolate products such as Malagos 65%, 72% and 85% Dark Chocolates, and Malagos Roasted Cocoa Nibs. “It is our goal to make Davao one of best places in the world for chocolates,” Puentespina said.
Recognized as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. All products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before the judges then savor, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
Of the 10,000 Great Taste entries this year, 141 were awarded 3 stars, 878 received 2 stars, and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges included TV chef and author, Valentine Warner; MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion; fifth generation baker Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery; Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn; food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose; and chefs including THE PIG Hotels’ James Golding, and HIX Restaurants’ Kevin Gratton.
Great Taste 2016 will reach its exciting finale on September 05, when the world of fine food gathers at the Royal Garden Hotel in London to announce the Golden Fork winners for each region and the Great Taste Supreme Champion 2016.
MALAGOS AGRI-VENTURES CORP.
Rex Victor P. Puentespina, Chocolate Maker and Sales & Marketing Head , email email@example.com or call +63 917 5262365. www.malagoschocolate.com
Amy Brice at Freshly Ground PR; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 7717893123. Results are posted at http://greattasteawards.co.uk/2016-winners/
ABOUT MALAGOS AGRI-VENTURES CORP.
MalagosAgri-Ventures Corporation produces single-origin premium chocolates from cacao trees grown in the foothills of Mount Talomo in the Davao region of Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines. Its chocolates are sold in select stores in the Philippines, as well as distributed in Singapore, London, Australia, New York and the United States.
MalagosAgri-Ventures Corporation is a family-owned corporation established in 2012 and is based in Agdao, Davao City. It is a member of the Puentespina Group of Companies. The group is engaged in various agricultural and fine foods enterprises including Hydrock Wells, Inc;
Greenpoles Inc.’ Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants, Inc,; Malagos Garden Resort; Puentespina Farms; and Malagos Farmhouse.
ABOUT GREAT TASTE
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.
Great Taste judges look for for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
Each team of four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team,blind- tastes and deliberates.