Chocovision conference postponed over coronavirus
The organisers of the international Chocovision conference due to be held at Davos, Switzerland, in June, have confirmed its postponement until summer 2021 over coronavirus concerns.
Staged every two years, the event has previously been attended by senior business leaders and key stakeholders in the cocoa, chocolate and confectionery industry, designed to focus on key issues facing the sector.
As the organisation explained, each edition has seen more than 200 leading personalities from industry, governments and civil society come together in Davos, Switzerland, engaging on the issue of delivering a sustainable chocolate future for all stakeholders along the value chain – from the farmer to the consumer.
The event, organised by Barry Callebaut, which will now be held in June 2021, was first held in 2012. Its high profile location of Davos is famed for staging world government meetings, ensuring a high calibre of international delegates from within the confectionery sector.
Switzerland was among the first countries in Europe to take significant measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, through limiting sporting events and encouraging working from home. But the country has seen a rising number of cases that resulted in the event’s cancellation from the calendar this year.
This year’s gathering was due to feature contributions from key companies including Bühler, Bunge Loders Croklaan and global Swiss flavouring group Firmenich.
In a tweet on the decision, the organisers said: “Due to Covid-19, we have decided to postpone the #CHOCOVISION 2020 event to June 2021. The new date will be announced in due course. Stay safe & healthy!”