Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat has applauded The House of Angostura for its investment in the cocoa industry through the launch of their new brand – Angostura Cocoa Bitters.
The brand new line was officially added to Angostura’s portfolio during a virtual event on Wednesday.
The Cocoa Bitters is described as “a distinctive expression expertly crafted with fine Trinitario Cocoa Nibs.”
The Trinitario variety of cocoa is a natural hybridization between Criollo and Forastero that offers the flavor of the former and the strength of the latter.
Speaking at the launch Rambharat said there was a time when the cocoa industry was well protected, but now TT has lost its position as a fine-flavour producer.
He said with Angostura’s endeavor “we can continue to take this small sector through the process of revalidating itself, meeting global standards and dealing with competition.”
Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon, in her remarks said “this new product is a clear manifestation that Angostura is one of the leading firms at the forefront of innovation in Trinidad and Tobago and is therefore committed to the growth and expansion of the domestic Manufacturing sector”.
Angostura said it has already been in contact with many of the local producers to ensure a steady supply of cocoa for their production process, which has put local producers in expansion mode.
Angostura Cocoa bitters will be exported to several markets including the United States where it will be placed in over 1200 Walmart stores in the introductory phase. It will also be sold in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Angostura Aromatic Bitters was introduced in 1824. It remains the company’s most popular product, and is a staple at bars and cocktail lounges across the globe.