A legacy of flavor and tradition

Our mission is to develop, produce and market products related to food and well-being, which create exceptional experiences.

A legacy of flavor and tradition


Our vision is to be a diversified company with a significant international presence in the food and wellness categories.


We appreciate our associates and develop their potential in a respectful and stimulating environment.


We are committed to quality and effectiveness in our processes, products and services.


We promote the generation of new ideas that move us to a higher level.


We fully comply with all commitments while maintaining our credibility with clients and related parties.

For more than four generations, from the harvest to the consumer, always betting on the future and the best of our people. Our campaign features some of our employees who in their own words relate their passion for our company and our products.

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Our History

With more than 90 years of history and four generations, the company has become an expert, the leader, and the main cocoa processor in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.

Since 1929 we have been passionate chocolate makers, creating a community, a group of people who live that passion. At Cortés, people move us, make us smile, wake up, feed their spirit and promote their values. For this reason, working in this cocoa industry you have to put your heart into it, do it with passion to, on a daily basis, produce a delicious product with a lot of love, which is Chocolate.

Cortes is a name that, today, has a valuable heritage, inside and outside its category. This has become a brand that distinguishes not only the institution, but also presents and endorses products. The vast majority of these products are leaders in their category and are an important part of the tradition and taste of all Dominicans.

This great Brand characterizes the essence of a family and the vision of a leading institution, committed to its consumers, its Associates and related parties.

There is definitely a great story, a great experience and many memorable moments to tell during these 95 years.

20’s Decade

Founding the company

“The attitude of Mr. Pedro Cortés Forteza determined our destiny.”

The history of our passion for chocolate began in 1929 when Don Pedro Cortés Forteza founded Cortés Hermanos & Co. in the city of Santo Domingo, who with his leadership distinguished himself by promoting tradition, quality, discipline and constant commitment to their customers.

Qualities that to this day remain preponderant in the company, leading us towards excellence and constant improvement and allowing us to experience sustained growth over time.


30’s Decade

Exporting to Puerto Rico

“For a good entrepreneur, few ideas are enough”

This decade begins with new opportunities.

In 1931, Don Pedro Cortés Forteza saw new horizons and great opportunities in Puerto Rico, where he immediately began exporting chocolate, but it was not until 1937 when Don Pedro expanded his operations to Puerto Rico by installing an additional processing plant there.


50’s Decade

Expansion of the product range

“To reinvent yourself is to bet on yourself. It is believing in our decisions.”

A decade that fills us with pride, in 1950 two important parts of the Dominican Republic were born.

In 1952, under the guidance of the visionary Ignacio Cortés Del Valle (son of Don Pedro), we successfully entered the international market with semi-processed cocoa products. The export gained markets given close collaborations with customers from abroad and introduction of modern approaches to quality.

Two years later, in 1954, we moved to the new industrial facilities located in the Emilio Prud Homme and expanded the range of products for the consumer introducing Chocolate Cortes and Chocolate Ambassador to the market.

60’s Decade

Strategic alliances

“We have found opportunities in collaboration.”

This decade is marked by negotiations with the Puerto Rican family with the surname Sobrino, producers of cocoa and coffee, that resulted in the commercialization of the square canisters, as well as the introduction of the Cocoa Sobrino product to the national market, and the introduction of robust products to our portfolio.


70’s Decade

New releases

“Satisfied customer, our best strategy.”

A decade of diversification and amplification in the commercial scope for Cortés Hermanos. After the success of Cocoa Sobrino in the market, in 1971, the company is committed to include the brand in its portfolio, and expanding the line of products available with the introduction of Sobrino Fresa, while offering the Cibaeño public the Diplomatic Chocolate.

For 1977, we entered the market with Diplomatic Chocolate in the Cibao area. This product obtained immediate acceptance by the consumer. And after the productive and commercial growth of the company, export begins in other markets such as the United States and Europe.


80’s Decade

New Candy Bars

“We do not create brands, we create solutions to chocolate needs.”

The Cortés Hermanos company has a new president, Mr. Ignacio Cortés Gelpi. At the beginning of its management a whole line of Candy Bars was launched with the Mas Mas, Crachi, Rocky and Mr. Products that came to conquer the heart of the Dominican consumer which were sold in supermarkets and wholesalers, making themselves known publicly through television advertising and radio.


90’s Decade

Market expansion

“Constant growth is our mechanism of excellence.”

To meet national and international demand, we carried out modernizations, renovations and expansion of the cocoa collection centers centers of San Francisco de Macorís and warehouses in the Dominican Republic.


00’s Decade

Chocolate Cortés Premium

The development of the strategy to create a new line of premium Chocolate Cortés in its exquisite cone, cocoa and coffee flavors was started. The change of image of the Diplomatic and Nephew chocolate was also implemented.

10’s Decade 

Main cocoa processor

“Our vision has always been the satisfaction of our customers.”

In 2011 we Launch the New Premium Milk Chocolate Line. Delicious and creamy chocolate that comes in exquisite flavors to delight the most demanding palates; Almonds,  Coffee and Cocoa.

By 2012 the new Cortés Molido label and packaging is presented. Now chocolate is easier to prepare in Regular and Lite formats.

In 2014, while on Isla del Encanto, we opened Choco Bar Cortés, an innovative gastronomic space where chocolate is the main star.

We also developed a line of chocolate of superior quality called Forteza. This new fine line of Caribbean Chocolates is produced with the best cocoa grown in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


We want to see you smile

As part of the company’s commitment to satisfy the consumer’s palate, the institutional campaign was launched under the slogan We Want to See You Smile.

The inspiration behind this initiative, which is part of the company’s 85th anniversary, lies in the power that chocolate has to generate well-being in those who consume it, a sensation that translates into an expression of happiness.

Nowadays, the company has become the main cocoa and chocolate producer in the Caribbean basin.

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