CasaLuker of Colombia Announces OU Kosher

16 Jan 2012

CasaLuker of Colombia, Manufacturer of Fine Cocoa, Announces OU Certification of Luker Cacao Fino de Aroma Products and its Derivatives

CasaLuker S.A. the leader in the Colombian chocolate market, announced today that Luker 1906, Luker Cacao (cocoa) and products derived from Cacao Fino de Aroma (cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder) have been certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest and most respected kosher certifying agency. Kosher products bearing the OU symbol will begin appearing this spring with a full rollout expected by summer 2012.

Cacao Fino de Aroma is a classification of the International Organization of Cocoa that denotes a cocoa of exquisite aroma and flavor.

CasaLuker was incorporated in 1906 in Manizales, Colombia, a small town surrounded by mountains and coffee farms, by three businessmen who were considered visionaries for their time. Today, the company specializes in the manufacture and sale of products made from Cacao Fino de Aroma. Company headquarters are in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, a geographically privileged South American country that produces the mildest coffee in the world, exotic tropical fruits, and fine cocoa with a unique aroma and flavor.

“For CasaLuker, it is really important to have the chocolate couvertures brands Luker 1906 and Luker Cacao certified by the Orthodox Union. This is an indication of quality, fresh ingredients and high standards,” said Francisco Gómez, International Business Director of CasaLuker S.A.

“We are proud to announce our OU certification because this can bring a new audience for our great chocolates and products derived from the Cacao Fino de Aroma,” added David Jaramillo, International Marketing Brand Manager, CasaLuker S.A.

Rabbi Motti Cohen, OU Kosher rabbinic coordinator who guided CasaLuker through the OU certification process, expressed his “admiration and recognition to all of the company’s officials, who were eager to attain the OU certification while being fully cooperative in meeting the OU’s high standards.” Rabbi Cohen added, “It is gratifying to welcome this world class Colombian company to the ever- growing list of fine chocolate and confectionery companies who have attained OU certification in recent years.”

CasaLuker, is one of the most important buyers of Cacao Fino de Aroma in the world. The company has offices in Colombia, Russia, Belgium, Panamá and Ecuador, and distributors in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

CasaLuker’s chocolate couvertures and products derived from cocoa are characterized by their delicious flavor — that of Cacao Fino de Aroma– which is distinguished by its aromas and its fruity and flowery flavor with nutty malt notes. Between six and seven percent of the cocoa produced in the world is Cacao Fino de Aroma, seventy percent of which is grown in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru.

The company uses Criollo and Trinitarian Cocoa beans for their products, guaranteeing consumers 100 percent Cacao Fino de Aroma quality.

For more information, see the company website at

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