International Cocoa Awards 2017-11-23T17:42:50+00:00

The International Cocoa Awards

Every 2 years, this unique programme spearheaded by Bioversity International and Event International recognizes quality cocoas according to their origin, with the participation of cocoa-producers who can directly present the fruit of their work to chocolate makers and the press.

40 producing countries represented

166 cocoa samples received

50 nominated cocoas processed into chocolate

18 awarded samples

As the only event in the world celebrating the work of producers and the richness of expression of cocoa, this initiative helps further mutual awareness and reinforce collaborations between producers and chocolate makers. This programme aims to reward farmers producing high-quality cocoa; facilitate linkages between producers of quality cocoa and manufacturers of specialty chocolate products; expose chocolate manufacturers and experienced consumers to the spectrum of flavors that exist in cocoa from different origins; and stimulate the capacity of producing countries to search for, evaluate and produce specialty cocoa.

The International Cocoa Awards ceremony was held on Monday 30th October and awarded 18 cocoas of excellence among the 50 best final samples:

Africa & the Indian Ocean
Ghana                    Simon Marfo – associated to Cocoa Abrabopa Association
Madagascar         Mava Sa – Ferme D’ottange
Sierra Leone        Sahr Bangura – associated to Kasiyatama
Tanzania               Kokoa Kamili Limited

Asia, Pacific & Australia
Australia             Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd
Hawaii                 Jeanne Bennett And Bruce Clements – Nine Fine Mynahs Estates
Hawaii                 University Of Hawaii
India                     Regal plantations
Malaysia              Teo Chun Hoon

Central America & Caribbean
Dominica             Stewart Paris – Paris Family – associated to North East Cocoa Growers Cooperative
El Salvador          José Eduardo Zacapa Campos
Guatemala          Asociación Waxaquib Tzikin
Guatemala          Mariel Ponce – Kacaou
Martinique          Kora Bernabe & Elizabeth Pierre-Louis – associated to Valcaco – Association des Producteurs de Cacao de Martinique

South America
Bolivia                  Chocoleco
Brazil                    Emir De Macedo Gomes Filho
Ecuador               Asociacion Quiroga
Peru                      Cooperativa Agraria APPROCAP Ltda.

More information can be found at: www.cocoaofexcellence.org