Ten years ago, Daintree Estates was little more than a wild idea to do something no one in Australia had ever been game to try: to grow cocoa in Far North Queensland, then use that locally grown cocoa to create the finest quality chocolate, and do it in the most ethical and sustainable way possible.
As cocoa only grows up to 18 degrees north and south of the Equator equator, several cocoa plantations were trialled across the far north of Australia. The North Queensland plantation near Port Douglas turned out to produce the best yields. After several attempts to commercialise cocoa growing and Australian chocolate production, Daintree Estates was the first company to succeed.
They are one of an elite handful of companies in the world who cover the entire supply chain. From seedling nursery, cocoa plantations to post-harvest pod processing through to chocolate production, marketing and selling.