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 2017 statistics published on October 11th 2017 at 8 am (7am UK time; 2am NY time).

News & events 16/10/2017

ECA&PFP Public Forum on on “Assessing environmental footprint within the agri-food chain”

ECA and Primary Food Processors (PFP) kindly invite you to attend the public forum on “Assessing environmental footprint within the agri-food chain” taking place at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels on the 30th of November.

See the programme 

Register here to attend the forum

06/11/2017

Workshop on MiFID II and the new trading landscape in January 2018

Registration is now open for the workshop on MiFID II and the new trading landscape: what should PFP operators be doing as from January 2018?. Primary Food Processors (PFP) jointly with ECA, have the pleasure to invite you on the 6th of November 2017 in Brussels to join the debate on MiFID II. Contact the ECA Secretariat to register. 

03/10/2017

International Cocoa Awards - 30 October in Paris

The International Cocoa Awards (ICA) 2017 will take place at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris on Monday, 30 October as from 19h:30 onwards. 

ECA members are cordially invited to attend to the ICA ceremony in Paris where samples from the best 50 cocoa beans submitted for the 2017 edition and processed into chocolate will be available for tasting. 

The selection of the International Cocoa Awards will be done by the 15th of October and announced during the ceremony in Paris on the 30th of October. 

More info here.

"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.”

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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)