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video aired during the International Cocoa Awards Ceremony on 30 October 2019

7 Nov. 2019

7 Nov. 2019

30 Oct. 2019

30 Oct. 2019

The 2019 International Cocoa Awards were announced and the best 50 samples celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris on 30 October !  See press releases in English, French and Spanish

31 Jul. 2019

31 Jul. 2019

We are pleased to announce that the selection of the best 50 cocoa bean samples for this 2019 Edition is completed! This is based on the evaluation of the 223 samples received from 55 countries.  We thank all the participants and congratulations to the producers of the Best 50 cocoa samples!

Meet them here.

12 Jun. 2019

12 Jun. 2019

The Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx) and all their partners and sponsors are pleased to announce the Ceremony of the International Cocoa Awards (ICA) 2019.

Event: Ceremony of the 2019 International Cocoa Awards
Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019
Time: 19h30 onwards
Venue: Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France, Porte De Versailles, Hall 4
Invitation: All professionals of the cocoa and chocolate value chain are invited to attend. Tickets will be available from early October.

The Salon du Chocolat in Paris will take place from Wednesday 30th October to Sunday 3rd November.
The CoEx Programme will have a stand presenting chocolate from the best 50 cocoa bean samples submitted for this 2019 Edition available for tastings. If you are a cocoa producer, cooperative, bean buyer, chocolate maker, or any other professional of the value chain, the CoEx team and partners will be happy to meet you. For more information, please contact Brigitte Laliberté, CoEx programme Coordinator at: b.laliberte@cgiar.org

23 Feb. 2019

23 Feb. 2019

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 https://www.chocoa.nl

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.
2018

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.
2018

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: b.laliberte@cgiar.org

1 Nov. 2018

1 Nov.
2018

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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: b.laliberte@cgiar.org

7 Sept. 2018

7 Sept. 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.

6 Aug. 2018

6 Aug. 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 Jul. 2018

21 Jul. 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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocoaofexcellence/
Instagram: @cocoaofexcellence

20 Jul. 2018

20 Jul. 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.