Vertical integration, own crops, and traceability.
In 2010, Luker Chocolate opted to grow its own crops to help the company satisfy its own Cacao Fino de Aroma needs. Without abandoning the relationships established with cocoa associations all over the country, the company set out to promote demonstrative agro industrial projects that would boost large-scale cocoa plantations to drive rural development. In the same year, the company found 550 hectares of land traditionally used for cattle farming in Necoclí, Antioquia. It turned this land into its first agro industrial plantation and the largest agro-productive plantation of varieties of Cacao Fino de Aroma, designed as an agroforestry system (simultaneous and continuous integration of fruit trees and timber-yielding varieties with agricultural crops, which allow greater yields and avoid soil erosion and loss of biodiversity). This project has allowed us to integrate the entire cocoa value chain, from the seed, to the final product, creating greater social and environmental well being in the territories in which we work. Thanks to this, we can control all cocoa processes, especially postharvest. This is how we can guarantee sustainability, transparency, supply, traceability, a superior flavour, and consistency in our products.