The history of cocoa in Australia
1997 Dr Barry Kitchen, Research Director at Cadbury Schweppes proposes cocoa growing feasibility project.
1999 NACDA Cocoa Growing Feasibility Study commences
2000 First Queensland cocoa plantation established in Mossman
2002 First Australian cocoa pods harvested at Mossman, Queensland
2004 Cocoa Australia establishes 25 hectares of cocoa in Queensland
2007 Queensland government subsidizes commercial cocoa plantations in Mossman
2010 Queensland government (RIRDC) issues first report from NACDA pilot
2011 Daintree Estates launches first commercially produced Australian origin chocolate
2013 First 100% Australian chocolate product launched
Queensland government (RIRDC) issues second report from NACDA pilot
2015 QCIDA established (with Dr Barry Kitchen as President)
Freshly extracted Queensland grown cocoa beans ready for fermenting.