chocolate makers’ forum
20-21 Feb 2020
Beurs van berlage

Dates: 20 – 21 February 2020
Time: 09.00-17.00h
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam



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Chocolate Makers’ Forum

The 2020 Chocolate Makers’ Forum is the perfect venue to share your experience! There is much to learn from others, so why re-invent the wheel?

It takes you into the process of the origin of the cocoa beans, making chocolate and the latest business trends. Whether you want to process your own cocoa beans and are a skilled chocolate maker or you simply work with chocolate and are looking for inspiration, during this forum there is plenty of room to learn and share your experiences with others. The Forum is intended to stimulate an open debate, so you’re welcome to talk to about your experiences. Get inspired by all the knowledge!

For the 2020 edition, we divide the days into two major slots: All about Cocoa and All about Chocolate.

During the “All about Cocoa” day we dive deep into bean sourcing, post-harvesting processes and quality evaluation, to ensure your chocolate bar has the flavour you expect from the terroir!

On our “All about Chocolate” day three hot topics are highlighted to share views and ideas about flavour development and chocolate rheology, economics on the Chocolate Business and marketing and retailing. Understand the challenges and get inspired!

As part of the Chocolate Makers’ Forum, on Sunday you are also invited to join our ‘Trends & Innovation for Retail Event’, hosting distributors and retailers from the Netherlands and elsewhere that may be interested in direct imports of your chocolate.

Chocoa 4 Business Matchmaking

Join our new feature of Chocoa and grow your business, meet new customers and organise meetings in the Chocoa 4 Business app. Matchmaking year-round for the cocoa & chocolate market. This way you have the opportunity to maximize your presence. The application understands who is interesting for you to meet. Show your interest, schedule appointments, chat and meet up. Exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and speakers all have the opportunity to take part in this innovative opportunity. So sign up now! Go to our Matchmaking page to learn more!

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Academy programme


During the European Markets Academy, 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 chocolate. More on the programme here

After the seminars we will visit the harbor of Amsterdam for a tour to one of the largest cocoa warehouses. Hier you will receive a typical Dutch lunch. After the visit we will continue with a visit to the largest cocoa processor and a bean to bar chocolate making company.

Chocolate Makers’ Forum

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