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Welcome to Esco Uganda

Promoting Cocoa and Vanilla

Commodity exporters with a difference: Esco Uganda trains and supports farmers to produce crops for the global market, connecting East Africa with the consumer and putting small-scale farmers on the map.

Who are we?

Esco Uganda Limited is a second-generation family business that specialises in promoting, processing and exporting cocoa, vanilla, and other crops from Uganda to the global market.  Our mission has always been to train large numbers of small-holder farmers, enabling them to grow and then achieve higher quality and productivity of export crops on a long-term, sustainable basis.

We are the leading Ugandan exporter of vanilla, sourcing high quality, high vanillin and low nicotine beans. We offer certification and high food safety standards in our purpose-built facility. We are also a market leader in cocoa, offering high quality, traceable and certified beans. 

Demonstrated by our long history, we are the most reliable counterparty in the region. The company was established in 1956 as Edm. Schluter & Co. Ltd and rebranded to Esco Uganda Ltd in 1994. Since then, the company has been at the forefront of driving the growth of the cocoa and vanilla export market in Uganda, with a focus on traceable, sustainable, and certified products.


Our Crops

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Our Sustainability

Our mission is to create value for farmers, communities and our customers while enhancing livelihoods and protecting the environment. We are proud to have invested in regions which are now renowned for their cocoa and vanilla production. 


Esco have invested heavily in traceability and are able to offer EUDR compliance, geolocations, polygon mapping and farmer details with our team of field officers carrying out farmer training, mapping, and certification on a full-time basis. 


We believe that true sustainability goes much deeper than any single certificate, it's at the heart of everything we do. However, as part of our pledge to you we have partnered with these great labels to bring you the best product with significant social and environmental impact.


Fair Trade


Organic (EU + NOP


Rainforest Alliance


We have enabled the planting of

10 million

cocoa and shade trees

We are linked with over


local farmers in Uganda

We have helped restore over

9,000 ha

of unproductive land

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