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BEYOND BEAN TO BAR: Artisanal Auro Chocolates at Kultura

Posted By: Malaya on March 8, 2018

They work directly with farmers to select the best cocoa beans that thrive on rich volcanic soils amidst the lush tropical forests of Davao. Auro is at present working directly with over 10 cocoa producing cooperatives and 80 individual farmer entrepreneurs.  More than 1,000 families and 2,000 hectares of farms have benefited from their programs.


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Auro: A Bite of Gold

Posted By: Ian Benetua of Local Source   

Auro is one of the latest chocolate brands making its mark in the industry. Packaged in a glorious intricately gold and blue box and wrapped in yellow tin, the chocolate is suave and decadent. It’s the kind you’d want to eat slowly because you want the taste to linger in your mouth.


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Beyond Bean-to-Bar: This is What a Chocolate-Themed Dinner Party for Charity Looks Like

Posted By: Lifestyle Asia

They say two hands are better than one. If this is true, then eight of the best hands in the culinary business collaborating together while using chocolate as a key ingredient to produce an exclusive six-course menu for a fundraiser benefiting cacao farmers in the southern Philippines had all the makings of an unforgettable evening.


Auro Chocolate on Pambansang Almusal's Karton.ph Segment

Posted on: February 2018


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Auro: A Bean-to-Bar Story

Posted By: Pam Musni of Breakfast Magazine on February-March 2018 Issue

“Lean yet capable” seems to be the factory’s over-arching theme, and one that seems to manifest what Auro is shaping up to be. But more than putting the Philippine chocolate on the map, Auro is about giving back – to both its origins and its farmers. Aside from being bean-to-bar, it also prides itself on being single origin, truly highlighting the unique flavors of the region as well as giving recognition to the effort given by those who had worked to produce it.


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Auro Chocolate on YabangPinoy PH

Posted By: YabangPinoy PH on February 17, 2018

Auro Chocolates is one of the most delicious chocolate that you’ll ever taste!


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Support Local: Auro Chocolate

Posted By: Tennis Foodie on February 19, 2018

One thing I really love about Auro Chocolate is their packaging. I believe its caliber is world class and can compete to othercouverture chocolates.


Auro Chocolate: Beyond Bean-to-Bar

Posted By: Wandering Bakya on February 14, 2018

•Auro goes beyond bean-to-bar by involving itself in every step of the process. It offers constant support to farmers and teach them organic farming and business management fundamentals. Auro buys beans at higher value to inspire quality and to give farmers the opportunity to improve their standard of living.


Auro Chocolates are delish with a tropical twist and benefits local farmers

Posted by: Sm Investments on February 14, 2018

The flavors of cocoa and tropical fruits are what makes Auro Chocolates stand out. Variants include milk chocolates, dark chocolates, white chocolates, couverture coins, baking chocolate, cocoa nibs and mass, and chocolate spreads.


Say it With Chocolate: These 8 Filipino Chocolatiers Will Sweeten Up Your Valentine's Day

Posted By: ClicktheCity on February 5, 2018  

•This bean-to-bar brand uses sustainably-sourced cocoa beans from Davao and come in elegant packaging -- as regal as gold (where it gets its brand name -- 'AU' and 'Oro') and embellished with a classic design. Auro works closely with local farmers and aims to uplift their business, at the same time make Filipino chocolate known internationally.


A World-Class Pinoy Creation

Posted by: Marisse Reyes of Mabuhay Magazine on January 6, 2018

•When Mark Ocampo and Kelly Go left Chicago in 2015 to return to the Philippines, their goal was to create a chocolate brand that would set the gold standard for the popular treat. So the two best friends underwent a two-month training course in Germany before launching Auro Chocolate – their single-origin, bean-to-bar brand – last May 2017. 


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Auro Chocolate is serving up cocoa for a cause

Posted By: Tedrick Yau of Rappler on January 3, 2018

Aside from producing world-class chocolates, Auro's fair trade advocacy help local farmers too


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Rogue Taste Test: Auro Chocolate

Posted By: Rogue Magazine on December 31, 2017

And by the end of our midday binge, our chocolate-fueled afterglow was enhanced by the knowledge that Auro also happens to be trying to do right by the farmers that grew the beans that would later become the bars we just consumed. Chocolate is supposed to make you happy, anyway. Might as well really lean into that and support a company that’s trying to make even more people happy.


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‘Chocolate’ Social Responsibility

Posted By: PhilStar on December 31, 2017

Beyond Bean to Bar, a chocolate-infused dinner that was to happen at The Peninsula Manila’s Old Manila. In more ways than one, the dinner was their version of corporate social responsibility (CSR), calling attention to the plight of our cacao farmers and in particular, helping a cooperative of growers, who are their regular suppliers, in the Calinan district of Davao City.


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When Fine Chocolates Meet Fine Dining

Posted By: Cezar Cruz Jr. of Business Mirror on December 28, 2017

Auro Chocolate is a Filipino bean-to-bar chocolatier that sources their cocoa beans directly from Davao. They have a wide selection of chocolates including their new flavors: Banana Chips, Arabica Coffee, Cashew. Check out their website to know more about their gift baskets!


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15 Yummy Homemade Food Gifts For Everyone On Your Christmas List

Posted By: Nicole Serrano of Booky on November 23, 2017

Auro Chocolate is a Filipino bean-to-bar chocolatier that sources their cocoa beans directly from Davao. They have a wide selection of chocolates including their new flavors: Banana Chips, Arabica Coffee, Cashew. Check out their website to know more about their gift baskets!


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These Auro Chocolate x   Cupcakes by Sonja Desserts Are the Fudgiest Treats Ever

Posted By: Henna Yu of Spot.ph

We have the perfect excuse to postpone  that diet even further: local chocolate brand Auro Chocolate just teamed up with dessert haven Cupcakes by Sonja to create the most decadent cookies and cupcakes you’ll ever taste. The best part? They’re for a good cause too!


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Auro Chocolate Reserve Collection in Cross Cultures

Posted By Kyoko Nakayama

Auro Chocolate strives to to make Philippines one of the biggest brands of cacao beans.

 


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Auro Chocolate Featured in DZMM Teleradyo

Auro Cholate's 100% Tablea hits the spotlight for its sweetness.


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For a Sustainable Tomorrow

Posted by Philippine Star on October 6, 2017

With goals of educating more Filipinos on the importance of sustainable consumption and supporting local farmers and fishermen, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, with the mission of “Transforming Lives,” held a benefit dinner dubbed “Sustainable Food, Sustainable Future.” Puey and Aspiras created the dessert of 64 percent Davao dark chocolate and over-ripe mangoes made with Auro chocolates. Wines were courtesy of co-presenter Bacchus.
 


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Sustainable Food, Sustainable Future: WWF-Philippines' First Benefit Dinner

September 2017

The delectable dinner was perfectly capped off by Puey’s and Aspiras’ 64% Davao Dark Chocolate and Over-ripened Mangoes with Auro providing the chocolates used.


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The Gr8est Local Artisanal Chocolates Saluting Philippine Cacao

Posted By: Shen Mascariñas of 8list.ph on August 16, 2017

This bean-to-bar company produces single-origin cocoa products from Davao’s lush tropical forests. Auro is as committed to putting Philippine cacao on the world map as it is to inclusive and sustainable development for the farmers they consider partners.


10 Excellent Local Chocolate Brands We Can't Stop Eating Right Now

Posted by Mica Gonzales on 07/07/2017

With the desire to empower local farmers and their communities, Auro is a brand that goes back to the roots of cacao farming in the Philippines. They continue to encourage farmers to create the best cacao beans so they can keep perfecting the science and art of rich chocolate.


#DMFoodSeries Auro Chocolates

Posted by Discover MNL on 07/14/2017

THEY HAVE A CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD THAT'S BETTER THAN NUTELLA! OH THIS RICH & SINFUL CHOCOLATE OBSESSION!! Indulge in single-origin cocoa and chocolate products that are 100% Filipino made. Auro is a local bean-to-bar company with cocoa beans sourced out from Davao.


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Purveyors: Auro Chocolate Honors the Philippines’ Cacao Heritage Through Modern Technology

Words by Patricia Baes on 07/14/2017

Modernity and tradition need not be at odds with each other, especially where present-day technology can be key to giving our rich heritage the long-overdue recognition that it deserves. This much, and more, we can learn from Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company Auro—which aims to not only make a mark for Philippine chocolate internationally, but also uplift the lives of the many hardworking farmers across the country.


Through the Doors of Manila House

Posted by Karen E. Young on 07/25/2017

I love Auro Chocolates. They use and promote local cacao beans; they seek to empower Filipino cacao farmers in Mindanao by helping them upgrade quality and quantity of produce.They have done such a great job at refining chocolate into bars, chocolate coins for pastry use, and a smooth flavorful chocolate hazelnut spread— the kind that doesn’t contain palm oil!!!  This is a great proudly-Filipino alternative to globally popular brands!


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Raising the (chocolate) bar

Posted by Cezar Cruz Jr. on 06/08/2017

“We always compare it with coffee and wine, where you say, ‘Oh, coffee from this place tastes a particular way, wine from Bordeaux tastes like this.’ We also want to show that cacao from Davao has its identity, and we also want to explore more regions,” said Kelly Go, one of the founders of Auro during an interview with the Health & Fitness.


Auro: More Than Just Chocolates

Posted by JP Sium on 06/02/2017

Chocolates are perfect for any occasion: a celebratory dessert, a romantic gift, a sinful cheat day treat, or even just a mood booster when you’re feeling down. Its deliciousness simply hits home every time, which is why it’s almost everyone’s favorite food. People sometimes even go all over the world just to taste these exquisite sweets, even at an expensive price. Fortunately, for us Filipinos, we don’t have to look far just to taste world-class level sweets now that we have Auro Chocolates.


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Exclusive promos at Pottery Barn event

Posted by Maurice Arcache on 06/14/2017

The sweet and delightful night ended with the unveiling of a chocolate wall full of spoons with sumptuous chocolate creations by Auro.

The Auro Chocolate shop will open soon at Fabtech Bldg., Santiago St., Paseo de Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati City.


Xandra Rocha impressed by Davao-grown, single-origin chocolate bar

Posted by Bilyonaryo on 06/03/2017

Not only the packaging is "aesthetically beautiful" as she calls it, but the flavour of the cacao is "bold and proud, but smooth and creamy". The wife of Luis Marcos Araneta is moved most of all by the production aspect of the Auro Chocolate bar.


Truffle salted egg chips, cold brew and morewill be at this local food fair

Posted by Henna Yu on 06/09/2017

Auro Chocolate pride themselves in being a bean-to-bar Filipino company, using only cacao beans from Davao to create single-origin cocoa products.


You say cocoa, I say cacao

Posted by Philip Cu-Unjieng on 06/25/2017

And this is where Auro Chocolate comes into the picture. With Kelly Go and Mark Ocampo spearheading the venture, Auro aims to take local chocolate production to a level that would meet global standards. 


The golden pairing of chocolate and wine

Posted by Gail Sotelo on 06/09/2017

If one is looking for a good (and proudly Pinoy) chocolate to pair with, I highly recommend using Auro Chocolates (named so as an homage and wordplay to the chemical symbol for gold, Au; and Oro, which is Spanish for gold).


Taste fine quality chocolates from this local brand

Posted by ABS-CBN News on 06/10/2017

Now, local shop “Auro” offers Filipinos the complete bean-to-bar experience when it comes to fine quality chocolates.


Auro Chocolate: Fine Filipino Chocolate made by Filipinos for everyone

Posted by Me-an Clemente on 06/12/2017

We finally can reciprocate with fine proudly Filipino chocolates to our foreign friends/relatives and remove the colonial mentality.  


20 proudly Pinoy products endorsed by government

Posted by Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo on 06/15/2017

“The art and soul of the Filipinos are their best qualities. We express ourselves better than any nationality on a more spiritual and deeper level. The reason why we’re positive and energetic is because of our soul. It’s what makes us standout. Art and soul make us unique and stand tall among many nations in the world.”


Proudly Filipino

Posted by THE PEPPER MILL By Pepper Teehankee on 05/30/2017

Chocolate lovers trooped to the Manila House Private Membership Club in Taguig City for the launch of Auro Chocolate, a proudly Filipino chocolate-producing company.

The company, which empowers local farmers to sustainably create the finest single-origin cocoa and chocolate products, is headed by its founder and president Jacki Go and daughter Kelly Go as co-managing director with partner Mark Ocampo, grandson of lawyer Estelito Mendoza.


Sweet Sensation

Posted by Shauna Jay Popple Williams on 05/29/2017

Auro chocolate is a proudly Filipino, bean-to-bar company that empowers local farmers in order to sustainably create the finest single-origin cocoa and chocolate products. Headed by its founder and president Jacki Go and daughter Kelly Go as co- managing director with partner Mark Ocampo, the grandson of Atty. Estelito Mendoza.


Local chocolate brand Auro finally perfects its "bean-to-bar" concept

Posted by Nina Licad on 07/06/2017

Nothing like a great local brand that you can proudly show off to the world. Auro aims to honor our long and rich cacao history in the Philippines while elevating the standards of production by investing in the best processes and latest technologies. Mark Ocampo and Kelly Go thought of the idea when they saw a certain chocolate brand in the US that get their beans from Davao. They refined their business through sustainable partnerships with farmer cooperatives and bringing the rarest cacao variety in the Philippines.


 LONG-TERM GOAL. Cacao Industry Development Association in Mindanao, Inc. (Cidami) executive director Val Turtur says the cacao industry in Davao Region is aiming to produce 100,000 metric tons in 2022 and realize every farmer’s dream of not having to import cacao beans five years from now. Turtur graced yesterday’s Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape at Abreeza Mall. LEAN DAVAL JR.

LONG-TERM GOAL. Cacao Industry Development Association in Mindanao, Inc. (Cidami) executive director Val Turtur says the cacao industry in Davao Region is aiming to produce 100,000 metric tons in 2022 and realize every farmer’s dream of not having to import cacao beans five years from now. Turtur graced yesterday’s Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape at Abreeza Mall. LEAN DAVAL JR.

Cacao growers to field best entries to France

Posted by The Big News on 02/09/2017

As part of the efforts of the Philippine Cacao Industry Development Council to uplift the country’s cacao industry, several cacao growers in the country will be sending their entries to the biennial International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.

These are Puentespina Farm, Kennemer Foods, Chokolate de San Isidro, Filipinas Oro de Cacao and KVT Farm, all from Davao Region. PCIDC President Valente Turtur said in a media forum at Habi at Kape, Abreeza Mall, Davao City that this is the first time Philippines was invited to participate in the competition.


 Auro offers retail bars and coin and couverture versions of its chocolates for industrial bakers.

Auro offers retail bars and coin and couverture versions of its chocolates for industrial bakers.

Going loco over Auro Choco!

Posted by Margaux Salcedo on 05/21/2017

I have been hearing a lot about different Filipino chocolate brands like Risa and Malagos, but this new player, Auro Chocolate, is taking chocolate making in the Philippines to a whole new level.

Partners Mark Ocampo, a former advertising and marketing specialist based in Chicago, and Kelly Go, a culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, are bringing single origin Davao chocolate to Manila and the world.


 Luxury chocolate bars that will sustain cacao farmers down south

Luxury chocolate bars that will sustain cacao farmers down south

Criollo—the Philippines’ lesser-known luxury cacao

Posted by Christina Alpad, TMT on 05/18/2017

While the Philippines may not be one of the biggest chocolate consumers in the world, despite the nation’s affection for mass-produced chocolates, it can take pride in producing the rarest and most luxurious variety of this treat. This is a fact that not many Filipino chocoholics know.

At the International Cocoa Organization’s bi-annual World Cocoa Economy report for 2012, the Philippines was at the bottom list of cocoa consumers, with the average Filipino consuming only 0.32 kilogram of cocoa per year, far from the Swiss’s 5.88 kilograms per capita.


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Treat Yourself: This Creamy and Dreamy Chocolate Is Made from Rare Philippine Cacao

Posted by Yummy.ph team on 05/12/2017

Auro Chocolate is in a class of its own.

While the chocolate is wrapped in delicate paper and gold-tinged boxes, it is anchored in simply using only the best homegrown cacao beans our country has to offer.


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Total pampering for all moms–the real bosses

Posted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez on 05/14/2017

Sweet treats from Auro Chocolate

Chocolates always satisfy a mom’s sweet tooth. The newest chocolate in sweet heaven is Auro Chocolate, a proudly Filipino, bean-to-bar company that empowers local farmers in order to sustainably create the finest single-origin cocoa and chocolate products.

Manila House Private Membership Club was the venue for the launch of this budding chocolate company. This family business is headed by its founder and president Jacki Go and daughter Kelly Go as co- managing director with partner Mark Ocampo, the grandson of Atty. Estelito Mendoza.


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Auro Fine Chocolates: Gold in a Bar

Posted by Pepe Samson on 05/15/2017

Every brand has a story, but some tell it a lot more clearly than others. Auro Chocolateseemed to me like "just another chocolate brand" at first, but when I attended their official launch last week, I left not only with a taste of one of the best locally-made chocolates ever, but also with an interesting story to tell... or rather, re-tell.


Auro Chocolate: Sweet treats made from rare Philippine Cacao

Posted by Ankrizel Santos on 05/19/2017

Filipinos are known chocoholics. From chocolate drinks to different kinds of chocolate bars, they don’t mind spending for different chocolate products from all over the world – Swiss chocolates, artisanal kinds, smooth Japanese chocolates, name it, the Filipinos will get it.

But have you tried eating premium chocolate that is proudly made in the Philippines? If not, you should definitely try Auro Chocolate.