Niche Cocoa Industry, ltd, an indigenous cocoa processor based in the Tema Free Zone, has been adjudged the country’s best exporter for the year 2015.
Despite commencing operations only five years ago in 2011, Niche is receiving the President’s National Award for Export Achievement for the third consecutive year. This recognition is evidence of the way in which Niche’s model for adding value to raw Ghana cocoa beans not only earns foreign exchange but also provides stable jobs for a workforce of more than 300 people, all of whom are Ghanaian nationals.
Over the years, Niche Cocoa Industry has built its reputation as a reliable business partner for the supply of high quality cocoa products. With its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, the Company has an installed capacity of 70,000 metric tonnes per annum, making it one of Ghana’s largest cocoa processors.
Niche produces high quality cocoa liquor, butter, and cake and has expanded into fine chocolate confectionery just this year. It boasts that each customer throughout the world receives individualised service and support. It accomplishes this by employing advanced production methods on flexible manufacturing lines, all of which allow the Company to tailor its cocoa blends to each customer’s specific criteria. Cocoa production is supported by a team of technical engineers and quality control specialists whose dedication and industry knowledge is second to none.
To verify this level of quality and guarantee it to every customer, Niche has adopted international best practices and standards. In particular, it utilises Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and is approved to Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000), Halal, Kosher, Fair Trade, Organic, FDA, GSA and UTZ standards.
Despite this recognition Niche is not content to rest on its laurels. On the contrary, it plans to introduce additional products such as instant chocolate drinks, cocoa powder, and chocolate spreads in 2017 for both the international and domestic markets. As it does so it hopes to build on a tradition of success.