Mekong Capital, one of Vietnam’s leading private equity firms has announced that it has made an investment into local chocolate crafter Marou, one of the first bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate makers in Asia and among the few in the world to make pure dark chocolate right where the cacao is grown.
Samuel Maruta and Vincent Mourou, both of who are originally from France, founded Marou in 2011. The two met each other in 2010, learned about cacao in Vietnam and decided to start a chocolate making company.
Since starting their company, they have also launched two Maison Marou stores. The first store opened in 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City and a second store was opened in 2017 in Hanoi.
According to a statement from Mekong Capital, its investment by the Mekong Enterprise Fund IV Limited Partnership (MEF IV) will help Marou open more stores, develop new products and build its management team.
Mekong Capital’s MEF IV, closed in January of this year, and will focus on thriving Vietnamese businesses in the consumer industry. The focus will be on companies in the consumer goods and services, education, fast moving consumer goods, food and beverage and healthcare categories.