chocolate makers’ forum
21-22 Feb 2019
Beurs van berlage

Dates: 21 – 22 February 2019
Time: 09.00-17.00h
Location: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Regular Ticket: 300 EUR (excl. VAT)

A ticket to the Chocolate Makers’ Forum provides free access to the Trade Fair (not to the Conference).




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Chocolate Makers’ Forum

The 2019 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 looking for inspiration, during this forum there is plenty of potential 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 2018 edition we divided the days into two major slots: All about Cocoa and All about Chocolate.

During the “All about Cocoa” day dove 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 were highlighted to share views and ideas on 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 ‘Horeca & Retail Event’, hosting distributors and retailers from 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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