Dates: February 4,5 th
Time: 09.30-17.30h
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

trade fair

Do you want to buy directly from cocoa farmers, but have no leads? Do you need chocolate equipment or do you want to learn about making your own chocolate? Are you looking for networking and business opportunities within the cocoa sector? Then, the Chocoa Trade Fair is definitely interesting for you!

Trade Fair visitors will meet and trade with cocoa producers, producers of cocoa products, chocolate makers, traders, service providers and equipment manufacturers. The complete range of cocoa is available, from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to Asia, including the winners and nominees of the Cocoa of Excellence competition. Whether you are a long standing chocolate manufacturer looking for new sources or a bean-to bar-artisan, at Chocoa you’ll be in touch with the latest trends.

The Chocoa Trade Fair is a market place to facilitate new contacts between cocoa growers, chocolate makers, importers, suppliers of equipment and service providers in the cocoa sector:

  • The market place at the Trade Fair exhibition (February 4th and 5th)
  • Matchmaking during pre-arranged business meetings (February 4th and 5th)
  • The Trade Fair seminars (February 4th)
  • The Pre-Fair programme (February 3rd)

To be updated on the latest developments or for more information about exhibiting at the Trade Fair, send us a note here by mail, including your contact details. Combine your participation or visit to the Chocoa Trade Fair with the

Market place






Making your own chocolate: it is a process that requires skill and precision. How do you select good cocoa beans? Where do you buy them? How do you find the right recipe, and the best machines for making your chocolate? And how do you market your chocolate?

The seminars of the Chocolate Makers Forum take you into the world of small scale chocolate making, provides solutions to practical challenges and inspires you to make your own chocolate. Below you will find the full programme of Thursday February 4th.

Pre fair programme


Wednesday February 3rd 2016 – During the Chocoa Pre-Fair programme, you will join us on a journey through the heart of the cocoa industry in Amsterdam. Starting the day with a workshop programme at the historical trade center the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, you will be learn about the European market for quality chocolate.

After the morning workshop, we will visit the Port of Amsterdam and get a tour in one of the cocoa warehouses, where we will have a Dutch lunch. After this, we will finish our programme with a tour in one of the cocoa processing facilities. Price: Trade Fair exhibitors – free, Trade Fair visitors – €50,- ,- excluding VAT


Exhibitor list

Cocoa, cocoa products and chocolate    

Amaz Foods SAC – Peru
Andean Flavors – Tavoro – Ecuador
Anecacao (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Apovinces (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Ascot – Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and more
Associacion Artesanal Sabor Arriba – Ecuador
Avalmarti – Minka – Ecuador
Cacao Chiapas Y Tabasco – Mexico
Cafiesa (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Coagricsal – Honduras
Catholic Relief Services – Nicaragua, Haïti and El Salvador
Cabinet BA S. d’Expertise en Café -Cacao – Ivory Coast
Chocolate del Caribe- Honduras
Chocolatemakers – Netherlands
Cocoa of Excellence – Various
Cofina – Ecuador
Comercializadora Oscar Ferreira – Colombia
Cosecha Partners – Nicaragua
Daarnhouwer – Various
Direct Cacao – Various
Eco-Kakao (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Ecuacoffee (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Ecuatoriana de Chocolates – Ecuador
Fijiana Cacao/Adi Chocolate Fiji – Fiji
Cocoatrait – India
L’Artigiano Perugino – Italy
Macalat – USA
Mashpi Chocolate – Ecuador
Montechristi Chocolate (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Nahua – Costa Rica
Papa Cacao (Pro-Ecuador) – Ecuador
Peru Trade Commission – Peru
Plantation Industries Limited – Nigeria
Procesadora Cacao Real C.A. – Venezuela
Pro-Ecuador – Ecuador
Rainforest Herbal – Peru
Seversal – Germany
Shattell – Peru
SUMAR Ltda. – Bolivia
Villa Andina – Peru

Services and equipment                
Agiboo – The Netherlands
Control Union – The Netherlands
CWT – The Netherlands
Chocolatemakers – The Netherlands
Diamond Custom Machines Corp – USA
DZB – Netherlands
FBM Boscolo – Italy
Royal Duyvis Wiener -The Netherlands
Winsys – The Netherlands

chocolate makers forum

The Chocolate Maker’s Forum

Thursday, February 4th 2016

Location: Administratiezaal, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

With good cocoa you can make better chocolate. The Chocolate Makers’ Forum takes you through the process of sourcing cocoa beans, making chocolate and introduces you to new business trends. Whether you are aspiring to start processing your own cocoa beans, an experience chocolate maker or just interested in chocolate making – you will be able to learn and share your experiences. The Forum aims at stimulating an open debate, so you are invited to drop in and out, contribute to discussions and get inspired!

10.30 – 11.00 Chocolate making for dummies: 5 steps from bean to your chocolate
Speaker: Enver Loke (Chocolatemakers)

Sourcing quality cocoa
11.00- 11.30 Fermentation and drying: The key for obtaining the best chocolate
Speaker: Silke Elwers (Forest Finest Consulting)
11.30 – 12.00 Bean sourcing – Finding the perfect match for the chocolate of your dreams
Speaker: Maria Jiménez (Daarnhouwer)
12.00 – 12.30 Logistics & Insurance: Risk management in sourcing
Speaker: Rabobank
Chocolate making
13.30 -15.00 Chocolate making: Equipment tips & tricks
Speakers: Kees Raat (Metropolitan); Mark Schimmel (Krak Chocolade); Hidde de Brabander (Dreams of Magnolia); Alexandre Bellion (Chocolaterie Alexandre)
15.00 – 15.30 Bar tasting – bring your own chocolate!
Bring your chocolate and share experiences with chocolate makers and chocolate experts
15.30 – 16.00 Outsourcing your chocolate production
Speaker: Jan Bart Heijne (DZB)
16.00 – 16.30 What’s going on in the chocolate world: trends today and tomorrow
Speaker: Bert van Thilborgh (Future Proved)
16.30 – 17.00 Direct Trading – what are the issue for growers, chocolate makers and consumers.
A discussion of issue to take to the World Cocoa Conference in Dominican Republic in May 2016 with Direct Cacao and ICCFO.
Speaker: Martin Christy (Direct Cacao) and Sandra Korthoff (ICCFO) 


Pre fair programme –  February 3rd
How to enter to European market, deal with stronger regulation, find European distributors. Have a look at the  Programme for the Pre-Fair and register by sending an e-mail to!

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Thursday February 4th and Friday February 5th 2016
Time: 09.30 – 17.30
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.

Discount deals

Looking for a hotel in Amsterdam during Chocoa? Book a room against a special Chocoa rate at Hilton Double Tree

Book special rates at KLM | Air France for your flight, using Chocoa code:
Event: CHOCOA 2016
Event ID: 26288AF

Chocoa trade fair
4TH-5TH of february 2016

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