Dates: February 24th, 2017
Time: –
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam


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Participate in a debate on the edge of innovation and sustainability together with stakeholders from all over the world representing the entire cocoa chain! What are the new trends and developments for ensuring a sustainable cocoa supply chain?

You will find the conference programme below. Stay updated on the latest developments by sending us a note with your contact details here by mail.

The Chocoa Conference provides a platform for discussion on sustainability and quality and a direct connection to the market through the Chocoa Trade Fair, allowing the participants to meet cocoa producers from all over the world. You can also join us for the Amsterdam Cocoa Dinner ‘le Grand Diner du Chocolat’, providing you great networking opportunities while enjoying a delicious cocoa and chocolate-themed menu.

Download the presentations from the Chocoa Conference 2016 here:

Session 1 – Cargill

Session 1 – Chocolate del Caribe

Session 1 – Fox Consultancy Services

Session 1 – Swisscontact

Session 1 – WCF

Keynote – Cocoa of Excellence

Keynote – ICCO

Keynote – Solidaridad

Session 2 – KIT

Session 2 – KPMG

Session 2 – Mason & Co Chocolate

Session 3 – CIRAD

Session 3 – New Foresight

conference programme

Chocoa 2016 Conference on sustainable cocoa: Preparing for the next generation

February 5th 2016

Moderated by Marieke Eyskoot (Sustainable Fashion Expert)

Today’s choices shape tomorrow’s cocoa sector. Efforts to work towards sustainable cocoa have rapidly multiplied. The Chocoa Conference 2016 debates how current trends influence the future of the cocoa sector and how we can innovate and work towards the necessary changes.

The fourth edition of the Chocoa Conference is not only about debating sustainable and quality cocoa. As it is part of the Chocoa Trade Fair, providing a market place for good cocoa, it is bringing policy discussions and reality together in a dynamic setting geared towards a healthier cocoa sector.

9.30      Trade fair opening, registration and networking

10.30    Opening

10.40    Shaping the future of cocoa processing

Moderated by Anna Laven (KIT)

Large geographical shifts in processing are taking place. Côte d’Ivoire has grown to be the largest processor of cocoa. At the same time, small scale processing opens new opportunities for the chocolate maker. This session debates the shifting global patterns and trends in processing.

  • Future geographical spread of cocoa processing – Willem Zimmerman (Cargill)
  • Trends and opportunities in processing – Panellists: Hugo Hermelink (Chocolate del Caribe); Gaël Lescornec (World Cocoa Foundation); Gabriella Crescini (SwissContact); Tony Lass (Fox Consultancy).

11. 50    Breaking the cycle: Innovations in a sector full of tradition 

Alex Bruijnis (Chairman ICCO)
Cocoa is considered as a very traditional sector. Yet, there is need for innovation to ensure a sustainable supply in the long run. What are the challenges for change?

12.10    Recognizing excellence – award winning cocoa of excellence samples
Ed Seguine and Brigitte Laliberté – Cocoa of Excellence
Good cocoa, better chocolate. The production of quality cocoa is believed to contribute to sustainability of cocoa production. Cocoa of Excellence explains what is unique about the world’s best cocoa.

12.40    Extended lunch break at Trade Fair

13.50    Sustainable chocolate beyond cocoa: How about sugar?
Sven Sielhorst (Solidaridad)
In many chocolate bars cocoa is not the main ingredient, but sugar. So if we worry about sustainable chocolate bars, how about sugar?

14.10    An everlasting taste of good chocolate
Consumer markets for chocolate are changing rapidly. How can we influence consumers to develop a taste for “good” chocolate?

  • Pioneering in emerging markets: The case of fine chocolate in India – Jane Mason (Mason & Co Chocolate)
  • The role of retail in the promotion of change in mature markets – Andrea Bolhuis (KPMG)
  • Giving consumers more choice through market differentiation – Anna Laven (KIT)

15.10    Cocoa break

15.50    Future proof cocoa production models
Moderated by Jack Steijn (Chocoa)
In search of more profitable cocoa production models, large plantations are developing rapidly, especially in Latin America. This model, however, is not adopted in regions with a smallholder culture. Diversified farms, smallholder or large plantations: what cocoa production model is future proof?

  • Production models for the future: exploring the possibilities – Keynote: Philippe Bastide (CIRAD)
  • Large plantation or smallholder farm: assessing production models for the future – Panellists: Kraig Kraft (Catholic Relief Services); Sharon Hesp (NewForesight); Johann Dahan (Bean & Co Global);  Hugh Johnson (Jamaica Cocoa Farmers Association, ICCFO); Mirjam van Leeuwen (Cocoa Abrabopa).

17.00    Closure

17.15    Drinks

February 24th, 2017
Event venue
Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 243
1012 ZJ Amsterdam

The Chocoa Conference is organised in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute and will take place in the Beurs van Berlage. This historical building, located in the heart of Amsterdam, was originally used as a commodity exchange center.

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