Rio Nuevo

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Rio Nuevo Chocolate Makers

Founded by husband and wife, Rio Nuevo is headed by Andres from Ecuador and Sara from Colombia. Now living in Cornwall, via their direct connections to the cocoa farmers in Ecuador, Rio Nuevo create delicious chocolate using only ethically sourced single estate Arriba Nacional cocoa beans. They are not just chocolate - it’s chocolate with a purpose.

Ecuador is the leading producer of fine flavour cacao in the world, Arriba Nacional. Only 6-8% of cacao produced in the world is fine flavour cacao, of which 54% is produced in Ecuador. Working with these communities back at home, both founders know first hand the difficulties small scale farmers face and they always felt we had a responsibility and a role to play in creating change. Always wanting to make chocolate bars that have a positive impact on the land and its farmers, as well as raising awareness of the lack and limitations of fair trade practices in the cacao industry, Rio Nuevo was then born and continues to flourish.

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