You probably don’t know but I am Dutch. Lived in the south of Holland just aside the town of Veghel where a very large Mars factory is located. The chocolate factory in Veghel is the largest production site owned by Mars Inc. and is among the largest chocolate factories in the world. In Veghel they make “Mars, Bounty, Snickers and Milky Ways” The factory produces 254,000 tonnes of chocolate products a year. When its warm weather the entire region smells like chocolate. Because of Mars Amsterdam is the largest cocoa port in the world. A large part of the chocolate trade in the Netherlands and the world has had its base here.
Over 600 million
More than 600 million cocoa beans come there per ship every year. Also a lot from the Dominican Republic. That’s about one-sixth of world production. Semi-manufactured products are made from which manufacturers and chocolatiers make new products.
Not only chocolate is made, but the cocoa butter is also used as a lipstick lubricant. And crazy enough is even being treated with this substance on the futures market. This ensures that there is always enough stock if they need it. Cocoa can last for 15 years and stays good. In the warehouses in Amsterdam there are about 500,000 m2 of stock.
Since the golden age, Amsterdam is the largest cocoa port in the world. No wonder the chocolate “made by the ChocolateMakers” is in Amsterdam. It is a young dynamic company that has made it their duty to make ‘real chocolate’ in an environmentally friendly manner. They search and import small amounts of organic cocoa beans of special quality and buy the beans directly at the farmers for a fair price, for a large part Dominican farmers. Then, the whole process starts with manual selection, roasting the beans, grinding and rolling. All ingredients are fairtrade and organic.
What makes it absolutely unique is that the Dutch Chocolatemakers buy there beans in the Dominican Republic and they transport the bags with the 32 meter schooner Tres Hombres which has been sailing since December of 2009. She will maintain a shipping route for transport of cargo between Europe, the Islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and America. In addition to her capacity for 35 tons of cargo she has accommodation for a crew of five professional sailors and 10 trainees. This brigantine is the prototype vessel for breaking open the market for sailing cargo.