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.

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Q3 2016 statistics published on October 12th 2016.

News & events 23/09/2016

ISO ballots on Requirements for Sustainable and traceable cocoa beans

As the demand for cocoa and chocolate rises, as seen over the last few years, so has the need to address many of the challenges faced by cocoa farmers in order to improve their livelihoods and that of their families. A new series of standards under development that aims to support cocoa farmers to produce sustainably has just reached a crucial stage in its development.

The ISO 34101 series of standards, Sustainable and traceable cocoa beans, will specify requirements for a management system for the farming of cocoa beans, making production more sustainable. It features a dynamic farm development plan, using a stepwise approach. Parts one, two and three of the series have just reached Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, or public enquiry stage, meaning anyone interested can submit feedback on the drafts which will be considered before final publication in 2017.

The deadline for contributing to the enquiry is the 4th of December 2016. Please click below to access each ballot:

ISO/DIS 34101-1 - Management Systems

ISO/DIS 34101-2 - Performance

ISO/DIS 34101-3 - Traceability


ECA European Cocoa Forum 2016 on 15 and 16 September in Dubrovnik (Croatia)

The sixth edition of the European Cocoa Forum has come to a close, after two days of in-depth discussions on compelling topics for the cocoa sector and beyond. The ECA team would like to thank all those who brought their expertise and passion for cocoa to Dubrovnik, and made the event a true success.

More information is available here.


Primary Food Processors (PFP) Forum “For a competitive Primary Food Sector in the European Union”

The event took place on 20 June 2016 at the European Parliament with wide participation from the private sector representatives as well as the European Commission and the Parliament. See the presentations by DG Agriculture, University of Wageningen, Ministère de l'Agriculture and the President of PFP.

"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)