Dobla Asia Tour

Dobla Asia Tour

19 February 2018

Bev and Guy from Apromo Trading head office were hosted by Dobla on a tour of the Dobla Asia facilities in Vietnam. This busy business trip in November 2017 was a great opportunity to meet many of the people involved in the production of chocolate decorations.

The trip was a great introduction for Bev to Dobla and their systems. Guy joined in on the induction and plantation visits.

The trip included factory visits, product demonstrations, strategic planning, product knowledge, quality assurance and marketing sessions.

They were joined by Eric Kakebeen, President Dobla Asia, and Bruno Hirsch, Sales Director Asia/Pacific, as well as many other Dobla team members.

Highlights included:

  • Product demonstrations by Otto Tay, Corporate Pastry Chef.
  • Tasting some of the 2018 Chefs Collection.
  • The factory tour led by by Luc Laureys, Production Manager. Dobla has doubled the size of their factory.
  • Cacao Plantation visit. This was to a small scale farm with on-site initial processing and fermentation.
  • Innovation Centre – a state of the art world class facility for New Product Development (NPD).

Dobla provide more information on the Dobla website

Flowers on cocoa tree. Cocoa pods starting to grow on a tree. Cocoa pods maturing on a tree. Cocoa pods on a tree. Bev inspecting a cocoa pod. Cocoa beans.
Removing cocoa beans from pods. Drying racks of cocoa beans. Dobla Asia Dobla Asia buidings.
Dobla Asia buidings. new buildings under construction at Dobla Asia. Preparation of demonstration in Dobla's kitchen. Dobla product demonstration. Dobla product demonstration. Finished creation by Otto Tay.
Start of demonstration application of Dobla decorations. Demonstration in Dobla's kitchen. Demonstration in Dobla's kitchen.

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