With the aim of helping local farmers achieve sustainable cocoa development, a Vietnamese-Canadian man is realising his dream to make chocolate from locally produced cacao beans. Bùi Durassamy, 70, makes chocolate products from Vietnamese cacao beans. Bùi Durassamy, often known as Samy, is the founder of Kimmy’s Chocolate Company, based in Tiền Giang Province’s Châu Thành District. The Vietnamese-Canadian, who father was Indian and mother Vietnamese, left HCM City, his hometown, for Canada when he was 24 years old and spent about 40 years living there, working a variety of jobs and saving enough money to open his own factory that made metal products for aircraft, trains and boats. Affectionately called “Ông già sôcola” (literal translation: old man chocolate) in Việt Nam, Durassamy is well-known for his passionate devotion to chocolate-making. During a number of visits to the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang, he noticed that local farmers were cutting down cocoa trees since the beans were selling for low prices at the time. Aware that Việt Nam’s cacao beans are classified among the world’s high-quality cacao groups, and that demand for cocoa had increased in the world market, Durassamy saw an untapped opportunity. After deciding to… Read full this story
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