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The Opening Night

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, the 25th Salon du Chocolat opened its doors for a gourmet and charity evening.

After enjoying exclusive access to the Salon and meeting some of the most talented professionals in the industry, António and Fradique, the artists behind Calema and natives of São Tomé and Principe – aka “Cocoa Island” – were back on stage at the Cacao Show after their very first concert in 2011. What an honour!

This exceptional show continued with the chocolate fashion show which retraced the great history of chocolate, from its discovery 500 years ago to today, and showed off a selection of the greatest chocolate dresses created exclusively for the Salon.

A great evening organised in favour of the Children of Africa Foundation in the presence of Mrs Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, founder of the Children of Africa Foundation, and Marraine of the Salon du Chocolat.

The International French Pastry Trophy

The Salon du Chocolat hosted the International French Pastry Trophy organised by the National Confederation of Pastry Artisans!

International Cocoa Awards

Discover the 2019 winners of the International Cocoa Awards!

This unique show, created and run by Bioversity International and Salon du Chocolat brings together producers from around the world to honour the importance of their work and promote high quality cocoa which preserves the true flavour of chocolate. This is the result of a deep understanding of genetic diversity, local knowledge and expertise.

Every 2 years, the International Cocoa Awards showcases the world’s greatest cocoa according to its region of origin, during Salon du Chocolat in Paris with some 50 cocoa-producing countries taking part. This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their work to chocolatiers and the press.

During the International Cocoa Awards Ceremony organised on October 30th, 20 ICA Winners were rewarded for the quality of their cocoa beans and received the world’s only label of excellence for cocoa.

Highlights of the International Cocoa Awards programme

This is the only event in the world celebrating the work of producers and the full richness of cocoa. It also contributes to greater mutual understanding and helps forge a stronger partnership between cocoa producers and chocolate makers.

For more information, visit: www.cocoaofexcellence.org

    • 55 participating cocoa-producing countries
    • 225 samples received
    • 50 cocoa beans nominated and processed into chocolat
    • 35 chocolatiers and experts in chocolate sensory evaluation
    • 225 samples received
    • 7 Technical Committee members
    • 20 samples received an International Cocoa Award

The 20 International Cocoa Awards for the 2019 Edition

Africa & the Indian Ocean

  • Côte d’Ivoire – N’Koh Ambroise – Azaguié, Abé begnini, Lagunes
  • Ghana – Samuel Tetteh – Nobi, Korboe Nkwanta, Nobi, Abuakwa North
  • Madagascar – Lalatiana Andrianarison – Mangabe, Antranokarany, Ambanja
  • Madagascar – MAVA SA, ferme d’Ambohimena Sud – Ambohimena Sud, Ambohimena, Ambanja
  • Tanzania – Mababu Cooperative – PO Box 72, Mbeya, Kyela

Asia, Pacific & Australia

  • Fiji – Manoa Raika Cocoa Farm – Naweni, Naweni, Cakaudrove
  • Hawaii – Likao Kula Farm, Kokoleka Lani Farm and Pa’ani Farm – 75-1038 Kamalani St, 78-6749 Mamalahoa Hwy and 83-5599 E Middle Keei Rd, Holualoa and Captain Cook, North and South Kona
  • Malaysia – Cocoa Research and Development Center (CRDC) Bagan Datuk – MCB, CRDC Bagan Datuk, Peti Surat 30 Jln Sungai Dulang, 36307 Sungai Sumun
  • Philippines – Jose Saguban – Kialaw, Malabog, Paquibato District
  • Taiwan – Joy Cacao Coffee Plantations – No 30-1, Guangfu Rd, Gaoshu Township, Pingtung County
  • Vietnam – Hồ Văn Lâu – Số 67, Ấp Bình, Dưỡng Điềm, Châu Thành

Central America & Caribbean

  • Belize – Maya Mountain Cacao Ltd – San Jose Village, Zone 2, Toledo
  • Dominican Republic – Jose Antonio Martinez Rojas – Seccion El Rejon, El Mamey, Los Hidalgos, Puerto Plata
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines – Paula Pompey and St Vincent Cocoa Company Limited – Lowmans Windward, Georgetown, Charlotte
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Leroy Peters – 37 ¾ Mile Mark Paria Main Road, Sangre Grande, Grande Riviere
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Martin Matthew and Jacqueline Matthew – Whisky Trace, Four Roads, Sangre Grande, Tamana 

South America

  • Bolivia – Emmoní de los municipios de Baures y Huacaraje – Estancia El Pilar, Carretera Baures, Municipio de Huacaraje, Provincia Iténez
  • Colombia – Federación Nacional de Cacaoteros – Granja Villa Mónica, San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander
  • Ecuador – Costa Esmeraldas Cacao Company – Km 17 vía Tonchigue, Muisne, sector 7 de Agosto, Tonchigue, Atacames
  • Venezuela – Jose Wilmer Kattah Reyes – Consejo Comunal Vuelta Redonda, Sector Caño Gaitan, Municipio Páez, Parroquia Urdaneta

For the full summary information on each of the best 50 samples and their flavour profile visit:


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