French chocolatier buys Vanuatu cocoa plantation

CEO Dominique Lefeivre shows sample of chocolate made from Vanuatu organic cocoa beans. Photo:Len Garae

Post by Richard Butler | 2 January 2017 |

A French chocolate company in New Caledonia has taken over a Vanuatu cocoa plantation to produce organic chocolate.
The company Biscochoc will take over management of the 500 hectare (5 square kilometers) plantation in January next year.

Its CEO, Dominique Lefeivre, said Biscochoc owns New Caledonia’s first chocolate factory and exports its produce around the Pacific and to Europe, America, Russia and China.

Selection of Biscochoc chocolates Photo: Supplied

The plantation was part of the Metenesel Cocoa Project which was launched in 1983 with funding from the Commonwealth Development Corporation – three years after Vanuatu gained political independence from Britain and France.

The Daily Post reports current bloc holders will continue to work for one more year to allow the company to assess their performance.

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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