Auro Chocolate is an internationally awarded tree-to-bar chocolate brand that promotes sustainability by working directly with local farmers to create fine Filipino cacao beans, ingredients and retail products with unique and bold tropical flavors.
The name originates from the combination of “Au” which is the chemical symbol of Gold in the periodic table, and “Oro” which is the Filipino and Spanish word for gold.
Auro represents our pursuit to refine Philippine cacao and elevate the lives of our local farmers who are as precious as gold.
Fastest growing premium tree-to-bar chocolate company in the Philippines
Wide range of fine flavour cacao and chocolate products for different industries
Greater social impact with Beyond Bean-to-Bar approach
Retail stores and cafes in the Philippines, Japan and Bahrain
Innovative collaborations with leading companies
Kelly Go and Mark Ocampo are the Co-Founders and Managing Directors of Auro Chocolate. They are extremely passionate about all things chocolate. They both grew up in the Philippines and first met in Chicago over a decade ago and instantly bonded over their love of food and culture.
Kelly studied Political Science and International Studies at the University of Chicago. After university, she attended Le Cordon Bleu Paris for Culinary Arts to gain a deeper appreciation and knowledge of fine food.
Mark started out in robotics then moved towards design and advertising at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After university, he did brand work for multinationals and some of the most influential personalities in America.
They took an immersive course at the ZDS Institute in Germany to learn more about chocolate production from prominent professionals in the industry. In 2015, they decided to move back to home to start Auro and make a difference through fine chocolate.
All of our cacao beans come from rich agricultural communities that have unique terroir and passionate farmers who cultivate top quality beans in the country.
To communicate the value of their work, we facilitate all forms of direct trade and partnerships in the supply chain so that we can provide honest, traceable products to our clients.
We apply innovation in every step of our tree-to-bar process, from the programs we do on the ground all the way to the experience we bring to our consumers while remaining committed to the quality and sustainability of our products.
Through innovation, we are able to share the unique flavors and potential of Philippine cacao to the world.
Learning is an important key for us to create a positive impact for both our partner communities and customers.
By raising consumer awareness and knowledge of the issues the industry faces both at the farmer level and company level, we aim to elevate the value of craft chocolate as a gateway for sustainability.
As a company that works with the agricultural sector, we continuously improve our process to become more sustainable and environmentally-friendly in producing and packing our products.
We are committed to developing programs that benefit and empower our farmers and employees.
Through meaningful training, fair pay, and additional benefits, we want to foster the growth and development of empowered individuals.
With each chocolate bar, you support a Filipino Farmer
At Auro, we directly purchase our cacao beans from farmers who share our values. We are committed to building fair and sustainable partnerships that empower farmers to continuously improve both yield and quality.
We demonstrate this through the following action steps:
We purchase the cacao beans with an additional 10-15% premium above the ICCO world market price that incentivizes quality and variety segregation while improving their income significantly.
Our cacao expert conducts farm visits to provide better assistance on what they can further improve for a better yield.
We conduct training for a variety of topics such as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), business and financial management to equip our partners with the knowledge and skills they need in cultivating their farms.
We want to further demonstrate our commitment in creating a long-term positive impact on the lives of our partner farmers - so we have also launched community projects to improve their quality of life and open up new opportunities for their cacao and land.
The Organic Conversion Program (OCP) is an initiative we have launched to support and assist our participating partners in their organic conversion journey. We accomplish this by giving them free training on the practices, provision of inputs or facilities, and the sponsorship of their organic certification.
Crowdfarming is a platform that enables customers to directly adopt trees from participating partner farmers in exchange of receiving the harvest in the form of chocolates. This program provides assistance for the farmers in the cultivation of their trees and an incentive provided by Auro Chocolate for their cacao.
“Our Factory chocolate bar, you support a Filipino Farmer.”
Elevating the standards of Cacao production in the Philippines Auro Chocolate is innovating on Filipino cacao heritage by pushing the boundaries in every process. To elevate the production standards in the Philippines, we have a factory equipped with the latest European technology. Our facility is located in Calamba, Laguna and designed to meet the strictest international standards.
The factory is a space for learning and collaboration so that everyone can appreciate the tree-to-bar chocolate making process as much as we do.
Years in Operation
Auro Chocolate is innovating on Filipino cacao heritage by pushing the boundaries in every process.
To elevate the production standards in the Philippines, we have a factory equipped with the latest European technology. Located in Calamba, Laguna and designed to meet the strictest international standards, the factory is a space for learning and collaboration so that everyone can appreciate the tree-to-bar chocolate making process as much as we do.
We passionately craft all of our products from scratch with the latest technologies and certifications (HACCP, HALAL). Our commitment to quality and innovation allows us to honor the distinctive flavors of our heirloom cacao and transform them into original recipes using time-honored techniques.
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