About the European Cocoa Association

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) is a trade association that groups the major companies involved in the cocoa bean trade and processing, in warehousing and related logistical activities in Europe. Together, ECA Members represent two-thirds of Europe’s cocoa beans grinding, half of Europe's industrial chocolate production and 40% of the world production of cocoa liquor, butter and powder. On behalf of its members, ECA monitors and reports on developments impacting the cocoa sector, both at regulatory and scientific levels. In addition, ECA is actively engaged in European and International fora related to the industry’s contribution to a sustainable cocoa economy.

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Next publication date for Q3 2017 statistics: October 11th 2017 at 8 am (7am UK time; 2am NY time).

News & events 28/08/2017

ISO ballots on Cocoa beans - Sampling & Specification and quality requirements

The final drafts for the International Standards for Cocoa beans - Sampling and Cocoa beans - Specification for quality requirements are available for voting. 

Given the importance for ensuring the quality and sustainability of the cocoa sector, ECA encourages its members to actively respond to the consultation of these two final drafts. 

Comments and the cast of your votes should be sent to the Secretariat by the 2nd of October 2017. 


Primary Food Processors calls for a minimum trade disruption post Brexit

Primary Food Processors (PFP) issued a statement regarding the need to keep trade disruptions post- Brexit to an absolute minimum, calling for a transitional agreement to be implemented from day one of the departure of the UK from the EU. 

Read here the statement. 


European Cocoa Association statement on Farm gate prices

ECA has responded to the VOICE paper on the "Raising the farm gate prices"

Please read here our response to the matters outlined in the VOICE paper regarding the price for cocoa and the market price volatility. 

"So noble a confection, more than nectar & ambrosia, the true food of the gods"

Dr. Etienne Bachot (1610-1687; French physician)

“Nowhere else has nature compressed such a store of the most valuable nutrients into such a small space as it has with the cocoa bean.”

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Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859; German naturalist & traveller)

"Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates"

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935; Portuguese poet)

"The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain"

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826; third President of the USA)