Project

Mapping the potential of Philippine cacao (Theobroma cacao L.): Sensory, Consumer and Supply Chain Analyses

Code
01CD7023
Duration
14 July 2023 → 13 December 2023
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Economic development, innovation, technological change and growth not elsewhere classified
    • Logistics and supply chain management
    • Consumer behaviour
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Food sensory sciences
    • Food technology
Keywords
consumer test product development sensory analysis cacao chocolate Philippines
 
Project description

The global cocoa supply is declining due to climate change, diseases, and aging trees, mainly in Africa. The underexploited potential of the Philippine cocoa industry can contribute to Sustainable Development Goals, with 90% of farmers being smallholders. This PhD thesis enhances local cocoa products through sensory optimization, consumer tests, and supply chain analysis.