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ABOUT US

Nord Cocoa is a cocoa bean wholesaler

Our suppliers include cocoa beans producers from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ecuador, Madagascar and Malaysia.

Our traditional buyers are largest confectionery manufacturing plants in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Kazakhstan.

In the year 2016 we started the production of cocoa mass.

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Nord Cocoa’s specialists have been trading in cocoa products for over 20 years.

During this time we have accumulated priceless experience and crucial professional knowledge of this business sector.

Consequently, we are able to provide our customers with required raw material at minimal prices and with invariably high quality.

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PRODUCTS AND QUALITY

Quality

The plant in Keila performs refinement of the cocoa beans by removing organic admixtures and stones.

The exported consignments are homogeneous and compliant with the all the export contract parameters (fat content, fungus content, contamination). We guarantee a complete absence of foreign admixtures and live vermin. The plant has a fumigation chamber.

The quality guarantee is supported by our modern laboratory (fat content analyser, guillotine cutter). There are at least 20 samples taken from each export consignment.

The crushed cocoa frying facility was opened at the plant in 2014.

Our export contracts are subject to FCC, ISO, GOST or the customer’s own special terms and conditions.

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Cocoa

The cocoa tree is native to sub-equatorial regions in South America. However, the cultivation of cocoa started in Central America approximately between 1200 and 1100 BC. At that time people used the sweet pulp of the fruit to make a fermented alcoholic beverage.

Cocoa was brought to Europe in 1528 by the conqueror of Mexico, conquistador Hernán Cortés. Incidentally, it is owing to France, a European country, that the world celebrates International Chocolate Day on 11 July, starting from 1995.

However, like it was not enough for such a unique product, another International Chocolate Day has been introduced since 4 September 2003. Furthermore, in the US there are two “local” chocolate days – July 7 and October 28!

Five European countries – Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain – and the US are considered the most “chocolate” countries in the world. It is small Belgium that is the world’s largest producer of chocolate with a annual production of 170 thousand tons. The famous dark chocolate and praline (chocolate with ground nuts) have also originated from Belgium.

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Switzerland invented milk chocolate. The Swiss are so fanatical about this delicacy that they monitor its daily consumption. According to statistics, the average Swiss, including babies, eats a whole kilogramme of chocolate a month. Switzerland even boasts a “chocolate train” making weekly trips between Montreaux and Gruyères.

In contrast with Switzerland with its cocoa train, the Italians are proud of their “Chocolate Valley” located between Florence and Pisa. This is probably the reason why the tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa continues to increase. It’s notable that Amedei, the most renowned Italian confectionery maker, was founded less than 25 years ago, but already received awards of the Academy of Chocolate founded in London just 8 years ago! Thus, Great Britain occupied a useful niche in the global degustation of cocoa products, although it does not count itself among the biggest “cocoa” countries in Europe.

France is famous for its elite chocolates as well as chocolate mousse, pastry and cocktails. École du Grand Chocolat, one of the most celebrated chocolatier schools, is located in France. France received the top place in the annual rating of high quality chocolate in 2012. France also keeps daily tabs on chocolate consumption: thus, each French child eats 12 grams of chocolate a day, and each adult – 7 grams.

The last place in the European “big five” of chocolate producers and consumers Spain, which introduced this product to the Old World. The most renowned Spanish brand is Valor. Its manufacturing plant is located in Villajoyosa and bears the same name. It also houses a well-known museum of chocolate manufacturing where visitors can see and even touch cocoa bean grinding stones and cast-iron drums for roasting.

The most famous American brand is Hershey’s. Its manufacturing plant boasts a 3D-cinema, chocolate museum and degustation room. Northern California produces premium chocolate products, such as Ghirardelli. Fisherman’s Wharf, the oldest chocolate manufacturing plant in the US, founded in 1852, is located in this region. In Berkley there is another chocolate museum and even a cocoa beauty parlour where anyone can marvel at chocolate’s magical power.

These are not empty words, because substances contained in cocoa are used in cosmetics and medicine for their beneficial health effects. Japanese dentists believe that any chocolate protects teeth from caries and gums from various diseases due to its strong antibacterial effect.

The French are right about the dosage: daily consumption of 6 grams of chocolate lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke approximately by 40%. This is the effect of natural antioxidants (flavonoids) in cocoa beans. They also protect from cancer, slow down aging processes and reduce coagulation, i.e. protect human body from atherosclerosis.

40 grams of milk chocolate contain the same amount of antioxidants as one glass of red wine. The concentration in bitter dark chocolate is 2 times higher, and in cocoa powder – 2 times higher still. According to research by the Harvard School of Public Health, 2 cups of cocoa a day stimulate brain processes and improve memory. Hot chocolate has the same effect.

Bitter chocolate is also considered an aphrodisiac because it contains phenylalanine – an amino acid that facilitates the synthesis of endorphins (the “happy hormone”) in the human body. Chocolate with raisins or nuts, such as praline, is the best female stimulant. That said, chocolate also intensifies pleasurable effects in men. Chocolate slowly melting in the mouth is a universal pleasure.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine – a chemical mimicking the brain chemistry of a person in love. Neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine that relieve pain and raise spirits are also found in chocolate. Chocolate strengthens the immune system, helps fight stress and chronic fatigue. Chocolate contains magnesium and potassium needed for the normal functioning of muscles and nervous system. It is beneficial for children and athletes.

It is worth commenting in greater detail upon stress – the most harmful factor for human health. Stress is triggered by the release of cortisol, resulting in an excessive secretion of insulin. According to research, consumption of chocolate reduces the cortisol level and stimulates metabolism. Thus, bitter chocolate also helps to prevent diabetes.

Moreover, bitter chocolate is an effective means to lose weight. It blocks the sense of hunger and prevents overeating. Thus, it protects us not only from gaining weight, but also from the consumption of many “unhealthy” products. To be sure, it is a benefit of bitter chocolate rather than milk chocolate with high calorie values.

Cocoa has been used to treat conditions of upper respiratory tract, throat and larynx from times immemorial. Cocoa butter is also an effective remedy against cough. Chocolate contains vitamins A, B1, B2, calcium, phosphorus, iron and copper needed to support the immune system. Beneficial effects of cocoa and chocolate for our bodies are truly limitless!

Chocolate is included in emergency rations of military pilots and the diet of astronauts in space. The bitter taste of chocolate is caused by the alkaloid theobromine. This stimulant raises spirits and psychomotor activity. However, theobromine does not contain bromine – the name of this chemical compound means “food for the gods” and it was given to chocolate by the Aztecs. And so the history of cocoa spanning over several millennia symbolically closes the circle.

Cocoa is currently cultivated in Central America, Africa and Asia. The biggest producer is Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) that supplies over one third of the world’s total harvest. During the last two reporting seasons (2011/2012 and 2012/13) the world’s annual production of cocoa beans was 4 million tons. Côte d’Ivoire, a small country in West Africa, produced as much as 40% of this amount!

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OFFICE

NORD COCOA LTD

Address: Vana-Narva mnt. 24,
74114 Maardu Estonia
Reg. no: 11710093
VAT nr: EE101317579

Tel:+3726 226 165, +3726 226 164
Fax: +3726 220 112
E-mail: info@cocoa.ee

 

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KTLM  OÜ

Address: Linnamäe tee 6,
76605 Keila Estonia

Reg nr: 10281135
VAT: EE100449037
Tеl: +3726781065
Fax: +3726044183
E-mail: gunnar@cocoa.ee

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