Our bean-to-bar story begins in one of the world’s purest ecosystems
The catalyst for Solomons Gold began with C-Corp founder, Clive Carroll’s days at the University of New England, where he studied agricultural economics and the growing of cocoa beans became the subject of his final thesis. With agriculture firmly in his DNA, and seeing his father’s avocado farm experiences, Clive’s passion was translated into reality when he ventured into a joint venture agreement with a group of local landholders of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in 2005. Thereafter began the Solomons Gold journey.
It was here in the Solomon Islands that he formed a resolute vision to assist local village land owners to produce one of the world’s purest forms of high quality cacao.
It was a long, slow process of extending and transforming neglected plantations while also providing advice, equipment and training to the local landowners and farmers. These new skills helped ensure sustainable ongoing “best-practice” processes and firmly established superior fair-trade standards. Many challenges were encountered along the way.
Today C-Corp operates a 100% vertically integrated but bespoke business, starting from the growing, processing and export of cocoa to the manufacture and retailing of its award-winning bean-to-bar range under the Solomons Gold brand.
The finest chocolate grade cacao beans are hand selected and graded at the company’s own facility in Honiara, Guadalcanal. Beans are shipped to their bespoke Solomons Gold facility in Mt Mount Maunganui, Tauranga.
Initially involved ‘on the ground’ in the establishment and rehabilitation of some of the Solomons Islands plantations, New Zealand’s General Manager, Glenn Yeatman now oversees wholesale, retail and processing operations at their Tauranga facility.
It's here that Glenn has been totally responsible for the creation of the NZ operations including the implementation of traditional roasting and crafting techniques.
In 2017, Solomons Gold received a silver at the prestigious “Academy of Chocolate” Awards in London, and in 2018, it completed against a record-breaking 1,200 entries from 45 countries across the globe to claim two bronze awards.
Our Solomons Gold range of premium quality and allergy-free roasted cacao nibs and chocolate products are sold at select retailers throughout New Zealand and Australia.