We import, sell and distribute premium chocolate and cacao from Ecuador to the United States.
We search and strive to find the highest quality chocolate and cacao products for consumers in the United States, which can be sold at an affordable price to end consumers. Goods that are natural, organic, healthy and of companies who treat their employees, country, and environment with respect.
At SumaqCo, we have partnered producers who give back to their country and communities through social responsibility programs.
After all, Sumaq in the native Ecuadorian language of Quechua means "very good" and Co, company, when together forms what we always strive to be: a very good company.
Meet the Co-Founders
SumaqCo Founders - Kameron (left) and Jose Maria (right) - at The Market, one of SumaqCo's first locations in San Francisco.
Connected by Ecuador and a passion for healthy living and eating, SumaqCo was founded.
SumaqCo’s Co-Founder, Kameron, has always loved chocolate. While in high school and studying finance at the university, he worked at a chocolate company in South Florida called Hoffman’s Chocolates. Wanting to learn more about chocolate, business, and exporting/importing goods he began brainstorming products to import only to realize Ecuador – the country where he met his wife and a country with an abundance of superfoods – would be the best place to start.
Jose Maria, Co-Founder, met Kameron back in 2012 in Ecuador while Kameron was traveling, perfecting his Spanish, surfing, and volunteering in Ecuador.
Once Jose Maria graduated in 2017, he told Kameron about San Jose’s chocolates, their social responsibility and sustainability programs and one of a kind single plantation where he did his thesis for his environmental engineering degree. Jose Maria helped San Jose receive their Rainforest Alliance certification. A month after graduating, Jose Maria came to Miami on a business visa where they could discuss their strategy to import, sell and distribute the chocolates before departing to California to test the market.
After 3 months, the chocolate are in 14 stores: 13 in San Francisco and 1 in Santa Cruz.
Our other partner is Kameron’s father-in-law, Alberto, who is the Vice President of Communications of Ecuador. Alberto provides a wealth of knowledge, connections and access to programs in Ecuador to grow our future social responsibility programs. We will work with Alberto to give back to the communities in Ecuador by donating 10% of our net profits to social responsibility programs each year.
For SumaqCo, our goal is import all Ecuadorian very high quality superfoods, starting with cacao and chocolate products, and eventually have our own labeled products.
We love what we do, the manufacturers we work with, and the products we import.