After releasing new chocolates a month ago, the Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) is gearing up to release another chocolate in three months.

CAMPCO will release its “Milk and Milk” white chocolate to the market in July, the cooperative's General Manager Suresh Bhandary told The Hindu.

It would be the 24 cocoa-based product manufactured by CAMPCO at its chocolate factory in Puttur in Dakshina Kannada, he said.

It will have natural ingredients and no artificially added colour or essence. It will be available in natural vanilla flavour. Milk solids (powder) and cocoa butter (fat) would be the main ingredients, he said.

Mr. Bhandary said that the 35g bar would cost Rs. 20. It would be the premium chocolate.

He said that the cooperative released “Rich Milk”, another premium chocolate, to the Karnataka market a month ago.

The main ingredients are cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and milk solid. The 40g bar of “rich milk” is Rs. 20.

Mr. Bhandary said that cocoa solids meant powder derived from dry cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is fat extracted from dry cocoa beans. He said that cocoa butter (fat) melted at body temperature when a chocolate was eaten. He said that there was good response from consumers to the “rich milk” varieties. It is fast moving in the A-class outlets in the State. The cooperative did not release it in other States as it wanted to assess the response from consumers within the State. As the response is encouraging, it will be released to the nationwide market shortly.

He said the price of dry cocoa beans in the domestic market is between Rs. 150 and Rs. 155 a kg. CAMPCO procured wet beans from farmers at Rs. 40 to Rs. 43 a kg. The price of wet beans remained the same during this season last year.

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