About the European Cocoa Association

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) is a trade association that groups the major companies involved in the cocoa bean trade and processing, in warehousing and related logistical activities in Europe. Together, ECA Members represent two-thirds of Europe’s cocoa beans grinding, half of Europe's industrial chocolate production and 40% of the world production of cocoa liquor, butter and powder. On behalf of its members, ECA monitors and reports on developments impacting the cocoa sector, both at regulatory and scientific levels. In addition, ECA is actively engaged in European and International fora related to the industry’s contribution to a sustainable cocoa economy.

Follow us:   

Learn more
Grind stats

Q1 2017 statistics published on April12th 2017 at 8 am (7am UK time; 2am NY time).

News & events 28/04/2017

Workshop on the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) - 18&19 May

Only a few spots are left for the Workshop on the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus, taking place in Reading on 18-19 May 2017. On behalf of the Funding members of the ECA-CAOBISCO-FCC Joint Research Fund (JRF), we have the pleasure to invite you to attend this event, as well as the visit to the Cocoa Quarantine Facilities and lab demonstrations. 

The purpose of this workshop will be to disseminate the results obtained on the research project Understanding the extent of molecular diversity of the complex of viral species responsible for cocoa swollen shoot disease in order to improve CSSV detection and identify genuine alternative host plants” while discussing next steps with the key stakeholders engaged in the CSSV related matter.

We expect participants from cocoa producing countries (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo), cocoa-related organisations, and from cocoa and chocolate companies.

To register, please send an e-mail to maria.suman@eurococoa.com


Fuchs&Hoffmann and Jan Schoemaker B.V have joined the European Cocoa Association

We are very pleased to welcome Fuchs&Hoffmann and Jan Schoemaker as new members. We all look forward to many years of rewarding cooperation with them!

  • Fuchs & Hoffmann GmbH (Converter), located in Germany, Bexbach, specializes in cocoa liquor, chocolate and cocoa nibs for the industrial usage.


  • Jan Schoemaker B.V (Converter), located in The Netherlands, Zaandam, is specialised  in refined cocoa butter and defatted cocoa powder. 



International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR) 13-17 November 2017 Lima, Peru

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in partnership with the Government of Peru, is organizing the International Symposium on Cocoa Research – ISCR 2017 – to review recent advances in technology and innovations, share information and agree on common strategies aimed at accelerating the development of the world cocoa sector.

The Overall Theme of the ISCR 2017 is "Promoting Advances in Cocoa Research to Enhance the Profitability of Cocoa Farming".

Click here for more details

"So noble a confection, more than nectar & ambrosia, the true food of the gods"

Dr. Etienne Bachot (1610-1687; French physician)

“Nowhere else has nature compressed such a store of the most valuable nutrients into such a small space as it has with the cocoa bean.”

alexander humboldt

Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859; German naturalist & traveller)

"Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates"

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935; Portuguese poet)

"The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain"

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826; third President of the USA)