News & Events



The CoEx Programme is proud of its collaboration with Chocoa again this year and had a stand at Chocoa Trade Fair 21-22 February. See the full programme at

CoEx and Chocoa hosted the second live cocoa bean auction on 22 February afternoon (See the results here).

The CoEx Technical Committee met 18-20 February to agree on the final technical issues regarding the evaluation of the new cocoa bean samples from the 50 cocoa-producing countries to be received by 28th February (deadline for samples submission).

9 Nov. 2018

9 Nov.

We are pleased to announce the second bean auction of International Cocoa Award (ICA) winners that will take place on Friday 22 February 2019 at Chocoa, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

3 Nov. 2018

3 Nov.

The Working Group on IS-CQF met in Paris to review progress to date, address strategic issues for the long-term sustainability of the initiative and review the draft protocols and their completion. The meeting was held at the Salon du Chocolat, Paris. For more information about the meeting, please contact Brigitte Laliberté, CoEx programme Coordinator at:

1 Nov. 2018

1 Nov.

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The members of the CoEx-TC met from 28 to 31 October in Paris. 

The objectives were to work on calibration, review the glossary of terms for sensory evaluation, and confirm the 2019 cocoa liquor reference samples to be used in the evaluation of all cocoa bean samples to be received by February 2019.
For more information about the meeting, please contact Brigitte Laliberté, CoEx programme Coordinator at:

Guidelines to Organize National Cocoa Quality Competitions

07/09/2018: The Cocoa of Excellence Programme strongly encourages cocoa producing countries to organize national cocoa quality competitions. 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 them. The CoEx Programme produced guidelines that include suggestions for setting up the objectives, announcing the event, selecting the samples, celebrating the winners, providing feedback and participating in the CoEx Programme.

National Organization Committees for the 2019 Edition

06/08/2018: Each participating cocoa-producing country establishes a National Organization Committee that oversees the participation of cocoa producers from their country. They play a crucial role in ensuring that high-quality samples are selected and sent to the Cocoa of Excellence Programme representing the cocoa diversity of the country.

Cocoa of Excellence Instagram & Facebook pages

21/07/2018: We are very pleased to announce that we have launched our Facebook page and our Instagram account, so don´t hesitate to follow us to have updates on the Programme.

Instagram: @cocoaofexcellence

The new 2019 International Cocoa Awards Edition launched!

20/07/2018: The Cocoa of Excellence programme is pleased to announce the 2019 Edition of the International Cocoa Awards. The Programme is also celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We encourage all actors of the cacao, cocoa and chocolate value-chain to participate. Guidelines for participation are available in English, French and Spanish.