World Cocoa Foundation confirms event switches to online format

The World Cocoa Foundation has confirmed it is to hold its annual partnership meeting online rather than the physical event planned in Colombia this November, amid ongoing concerns surrounding coronavirus.

Having formed in 2000, the organisation includes a global membership of cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global sector.

Its previous event last year was staged in Berlin, under the title of Drivers Of Change, attracting more than 300 senior industry figures, as it continues its mission to promote sustainability within the industry.

The decision not to hold the event follows similar announcements surrounding Sweets and Snacks Expo due last month, and the CAA Cocoa Conference in Singapore that was due this month, having already been postponed from March.

In a statement on its decision on its 2020 meeting, the WCF said: “After careful consideration of the international travel situation, WCF has decided to cancel the in-person Partnership Meeting scheduled on November 18-19 in Bogotá, Colombia. We are thrilled to share that we will instead be holding our first ever online Partnership Week, starting on November 16.”

As Confectionery Production recently reported, the World Cocoa Foundation has been a key player within the international Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), which is is a joint partnership of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and 35 cocoa and chocolate companies.

Furthermore, it has been supported by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA), Partnership for Forests (P4F) through the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank, in a combined effort to drive the pace of change with regard to tackling this core sector issue.

Full details of the online event in November will be available from the WCF’s website shortly, visit


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