The Conference offers a platform to a variety of stakeholders in the cocoa and

chocolate industry



We are currently preparing the Chocoa Conference 2015 which will be held on Friday March 6th. Please read below about our previous conferences and objectives, and we look forward to meet you in March 2015.

The Beurs van Berlage hosted both the Trade Fair on Thursday March 27th and the Conference on Friday March 28th 2014. 

The aim of Chocoa is to stimulate the production and consumption of sustainable cocoa and chocolate. The Conference offers a platform to key note speakers in the industry. In collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute, we invited representatives of conventional and niche markets from producing and consuming countries to share their innovations, experiences and indepth knowledge during lectures and sessions. 

Specific characteristics of 'fine or flavour' and 'single origin' cocoa makes it easier to meet the strict sustainability criteria. For this reason these beans are very suitable for the growth in volume of sustainable cocoa. How can mainstream cocoa benefit from the experiences of sustainable cocoa and other commodities? It was one of the topics during the Conference. Presentations of the Conference are available to see on the Cocoa Connect website.

Large manufacturers and distributors of chocolate are committing themselves more and more to the principles of sustainable cocoa. In 2010 the Dutch Government signed a treaty with large companies aiming for a 100 per cent sustainable cocoa consumption in The Netherlands by 2025. How far are they with achieving those goals? National and international policies on sustainable cocoa have been further discussed.

There were lectures, debates and parallel sessions about the current problems and opportunities. The demand is growing while the general production of cocoa is declining. What can be done to tackle this? What are the consequences of climate change on cocoa production? Also the opportunities will be examined. For example, could the promotion of gender equality positively influence the production?

The Conference aspires to bring about more than a one-off discussion. During the first edition of Chocoa, the Royal Tropical Institute launched the Cocoa Connect website, a digital platform where knowledge about sustainable cocoa and networks is being shared. Since then virtual workgroups have been facilitated who continued the debate online. The results of these discussions have been presented during Chocoa's Conference 2014.

Missed it or looking to refresh your memories? The presentations are now available on the Cocoa Connect website.

The organisation is working on next year's Conference on March 6th 2015. For questions you can reach us at



Friday March 6TH 2015
Time 10.00 - 18.00

The Chocoa Conference is organised in collaboration with the Royal Tropical Institute and in 2014 took place in the Beurs van Berlage. This historical building, located in the heart of Amsterdam, was originally used as a commodity exchange center. Here, the price of cocoa was determined by the mechanism of supply and demand.

For questions you can reach us at

 De Beurs van Berlage | Damrak 243 | 1012 ZJ Amsterdam



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Currently we don't have special hotel deals for Chocoa visitors. For more information about last year's hotel deals, visit our contact page here.



Cocoa 2025: Sustainability ánd Quality


10.00     Opening

10.15    Sources of inspiration
·       How can mainstream cocoa benefit from experiences in fine flavour cocoa – Anna Laven, Royal Tropical Institute
·       Inspiration from other sectors: Coffee – Brigitte Campfens, Utz
·       Inspiration from other sectors: Palm Oil – Jan Maarten Dros, Solidaridad

11.30     Progress towards sustainability (People, Profit, Planet)
·       Keynote People:  Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester
·       Keynote Planet:  Anniek Mauser, Sustainability Director Unilever Benelux
·       Keynote Profit: Pierre Etoa, ONCC Cameroun


12.45     Lunch break


14.00    Parallel sessions

People – Attracting people to the profession of farmer
·       Sue d’Arcy, Mars
·       Michiel Hendriksz, ADM
·       Silke Elwers, Forest Finance
·       Moderator: Michaël de Groot, Rabobank

Planet – Climate Impact and biodiversity
·       Götz Schroth, Rainforest Alliance
·       John van Duursen, Progreso Foundation
·       Philipp Kauffmann, Original Beans
·       Katie Minderhoud, Solidaridad
·       Moderator: Bart Vollaard (New Foresight)

Profit – Rewarding efforts and reliable income
·       Antonie Fountain, Voice Network
·       Cathie Pieters, Mondelez (to be confirmed)
·       Frank Homann, Xoco Fine Chocolate Company of Honduras
·       Moderator: Pierre Etoa, ONCC Cameroun

15.15     Cocoa break

15.45     The ambitions for sustainable and quality cocoa  
·       Learnings from the parallel sessions
       With Michaël de Groot (Rabobank Foundation), Bart Vollaard (New Foresight) and Pierre Etoa,  (ONCC Cameroun)

·       Different points of view
       With Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Economic Affairs), Torben Erbrath (BDSI), Laurent Pipitone (ICCO), Aldo Christiano (Ferrero), Martin Christy (Direct Cacao).

·       Open discussion: What are our Priorities and Ambitions for Sustainable and Quality Cocoa?


17.15     Drinks   


Programme may be subject to changes and additions.