World Cocoa Foundation partnership meeting teams up with Chocoa
The World Cocoa Foundation has confirmed that the next edition of its partnership meeting will be held in Amsterdam next year, just ahead of the next Chocoa industry event, reports Neill Barston.
As the organisation noted, it is set to be staged at the Beurs van Berlage (Old Stock Exchange) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 6-7 February.
The membership organisation explained that next year the Partnership Meeting would be kicking off Amsterdam Cocoa Week, with the Chocoa conference taking place in the same venue from 7-11 February 7-11, 2024. This will offer participants a full week of events related to cocoa sustainability to kick off the 2024 cocoa events calendar.
Chris Vincent, President of WCF, said the week was a chance for the industry to engage with enhanced collaboration. He said: “Opening the week with our Partnership Meeting and closing with Chocoa will be an exciting start to 2024 allowing the global cocoa sector to further our partnerships and strategies to achieve the transition to sustainable cocoa.”
Confectionery Production has previously reported on the Chocoa event, which serves as an annual marketplace for cocoa and chocolate for quality and sustainability: A place where cocoa and chocolate are traded, new business contacts are made, and existing ones reinforced. Where research results, new innovations, ideas, and concepts are shared.
Jack Steijn, co-founder of Chocoa, is excited about the two events forming the headlines of the Amsterdam Cocoa Week. “Amsterdam has always been one of the most important hubs in the cocoa sector, for transport, warehousing, trade, and processing. It will now also be one of the most important hubs for discussing and designing sustainability.”