On 30 October 2019, we celebrated the 2019 International Cocoa Awards (ICA) at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris . 

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The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa-producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours. This is a unique opportunity to promote high-quality cocoa and diversity at national level and celebrate the skills and know-how of the men and women who produce it.

CoEx is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and we are excited to announce a growing number of countries and cocoa producers participating!

For this 2019 Edition, we received 223 samples from 55 cocoa-producing countries. The CoEx Technical Committee completed the evaluation of all accepted samples transformed into liquor and we are pleased to announce the names of the producers of the best 50 samples

These samples processed into chocolate are being evaluated by a broad panel of professionals for the selection of the 2019 International Cocoa Awards that were celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris from 30 October to 3 November 2019!


How the COCOA OF EXCELLENCE Programme Works


Explore flavour profiles and find contact information for winners and the 50 nominated producers for previous editions of the International Cocoa Awards.

*Photos from The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Salon Du Chocolat, A. Prien Saxbøl and Bioversity/X.Scheldemann*