The Chocoa cacao and chocolate event celebrates its tenth anniversary with the return of Amsterdam

Cocoa and chocolate event Chocoa co-founder Jack Steijn has expressed optimism that the industry’s key event will return live to Amsterdam this summer, writes Neill Barston.

From June 23-25, it will highlight a number of major industry topics and showcase some of the most unique artisanal confections on the global market.

The annual showcase, which marks its tenth anniversary at Beurs Van Berlage, which went live last year due to the pandemic, had been scheduled for February but is now returning to its original scheduled live format, with a trade fair, as well as the Amsterdam Conference on Sustainable Cocoa. There will also be a chocolate makers forum, with master classes for chocolate makers.

Speaking on the development of the event, Jack Steijn (pictured), from organizers Equipoise, explained that he will also offer a hybrid online element (based on last year’s show), as there will be limited space for the live broadcast element in light of the pandemic.

“Chocoa will be back next month with a program that includes a trade fair, a conference on sustainable cocoa in Amsterdam and a forum for chocolate makers, including masterclasses for chocolate makers.

The exhibition stands are full. We will welcome exhibitors cocoa producers from various origins (Brazil, Cameroon, DR Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela), specialty cocoa traders, machine builders (Diamon Custom, Cocoa Town, Lareka, Nemisto, Spectra), NGOs and service providers.

“The conference program focuses on the first day on the impact of EU legislation on corporate due diligence responsibilities in relation to deforestation and human rights abuses in supply chains ( indirect or direct supply, terminal markets) and on who will pay for the measures that are necessary (the consumer by higher prices, the industry by lower margins or the weakest link in the chain, the cocoa farmer) The second day will focus on agroforestry (impact on farmer income diversification and climate change mitigation, impact finance for agroforestry) and innovation (new products such as cocoa juice by KOA).

Confectionery Production has already covered several editions of the International Cocoa and Confectionery Showcase, which offered valuable insights into fundamental issues such as sustainable production methods, ways to combat child labor and highlighting important industry trends.

Steijn added: “The chocolate makers forum will discuss strategies to grow the specialty cocoa market, communication with consumers on the sustainability of artisanal chocolate, sour coverage of cocoa producing countries, market access for chocolatiers in cocoa producing countries and innovative trends in specialty chocolate such as superfoods, amazing inclusions like mushrooms, local and tropical fruits and moringa).

“The event will be hybrid, streaming live from a studio in Amsterdam with limited seating capacity and online anywhere in the world. We will use the same virtual platform as last year, allowing for interactive participation in sessions of the conference and forum as well as random matchmaking carousels, virtual network tables, and one-on-one meetings. We will have a live lobby with interviews and program presentations by Chocoa staff and journalists,” said explained the co-founder of the show’s prospects.For more details, visit www.chocoa.nl

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