"I have a dream,
but it needs the joint-efforts
of many, I want to set up
a chocolate factory". Jose Jesús Restrepo

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1904

José Jesús Restrepo & Cía partnership is created between José Jesús Restrepo Botero and Alfredo Restrepo Jaramillo.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1906

The first Luker solid bar drinking chocolate was produced in Manizales.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1928-1944

The company expands operations and buys the chocolate makers Vélez y Vásquez and the chocolate factories La Herradura in Medellín and Quesada in Bogotá.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1956

Luker Chocolate builds its factory in Bogotá and transfers production to the capital.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1962

Granja Luker is created as a centre of cocoa research and training for farmers.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1978

The portfolio is expanded and machinery is bought for the extraction of cocoa butter, powdered sugar and cocoa processing.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

1994

Luker Foundation was founded in Manizales.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2001

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) includes Colombia in its list of Cacao Fino de Aroma producing and exporting countries.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2005

Began exporting raw material for the chocolate industry to Russia.

Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2009

  • The Food Ingredients division is created to supply products for the food and restaurant industry.
  • Luker Chocolate 1906 and Luker Chocolate Cacao were launched.
  • Belgium sales office was set up in order to attend european market.
  • Products for the international ingredients market are produced such as specialty chocolates, industrial fruit concentrates and baking ingredients.
Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2011

  • Our first planting project of Cacao Fino de Aroma in the country is implemented in Necoclí, Antioquia with 550 hectares of agroforestry system.
Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2012

  • CasaLuker Maracas was launched.
Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2015

  • In a multi-disciplinary effort with CIAT and Yale Universitity we discovered 14 cocoa genomes.
  • Luker Chocolate wins the national exports prize granted by ANALDEX and PROCOLOMBIA, for 19 years of competitiveness, innovation and exportation.
  • New products are launched on the international market: Powdered panela and chocolates made with panela.
Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2017

  • The Chocolate Dream is born, a global movement committed to build a disruptive social innovation initiative: create a new model of sustainable development based on the cocoa value chain.
  • Luker Chocolate consolidates a business exporting to more than 35 countries through distributors in 25 countries.
Nuestra historia Cacao fino de aroma

2018

  • 1000 new hectares of cocoa are sown in Casanare.
  • The first alliance with USAID is made.