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Our Story

Armed stretched out dropping cocoa beans into pile of cocoa beans

OUR COMPANY

After years working in the chocolate industry in the United States, Jenny Samaniego realized her place in the industry was supporting the cacao farmers in her home country of Ecuador. The country produces some of the best cacao in the world, and yet Ecuadorian cacao farmers were unable to find a market for their cacao abroad. In her heart, Jenny knew she needed to be their conexión.

Conexion Chocolate founder Jenny Samaniego inspecting cacao beans with a cacao farmer

In 2011, Jenny began working shoulder-to-shoulder with small-scale cacao producers in Ecuador, helping sell their cacao abroad. A few years later, she started making her own couvertures with a commitment to sustainability, traceability and transparency.

In 2017, Conexión Chocolate’s first chocolate bars rolled into the market and by the end of 2021, they had won 33 national and international awards.

Conexión Chocolate boasts an award-winning catalog of chocolate bars and offers professional-grade lines of signature artisan chocolate couvertures, reaching the hands of well-known chocolatiers and experts in the industry around the world, elevating their creations and their customer experiences.

Conexion Chocolate bars against stack of shelled cacao crops in Ecuador

Mission

We are a sustainable company in an ethical world, connected by the passion to preserve fine aroma cocoa and its unique flavors, produced by empowered communities and happy stakeholders, inspiring new generations.

Team

  • Jenny Samaniego - Founder
  • Mario Remache - Operations Manager
  • Rommel Flores - Administrative Manager
  • Ruben Amagua - Commercial Coordinator
  • Dale Erwin - Business Developer, Europe
  • Paula Pozo - Sustainability & Communications Assistant
  • Robert Díaz - IT/Web Development