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.Learn more
Q3 2014 statistics published on 14 October 2014 at 8am CET.
Next statistics to be published in January 2015.
Primary Food Processors (PFP) Roundtable on country of origin labelling
The event took place on 4 November 2014 at the European Parliament with wide participation from the private sector representatives as well as the European Commission and the Parliament. See the presentations by DG SANCO, University of Wageningen, BEUC (the European Consumer Organisation) and the President of PFP.25/06/2014
ECA has moved offices!
We are now conveniently located near the European Quarter. Our new address is: Avenue des Gaulois 3, Box 6, B-1040, Brussels, Belgium.21/02/2014
Risks in Agri-Trading: Emerging Markets 2014 Summit will take place on 18-19 June in Geneva
The Summit provides a comprehensive platform for Traders, Finance Experts, Risk Managers and Heads of Operations involved in agro-commodities and looking at improving or initiating activities with emerging markets. See the registration form and the press release for the event.03/12/2013
ECA Cocoa Event in Istanbul: Special post-conference newsletter and selected presentations are now available online!14/09/2013
185 delegates attended the 2013 ECA conference in Istanbul
See the press release.20/09/2013
Risks in Agriculture: Emerging Markets 2013 Summit on 26-27 November in Accra, Ghana.
The first edition of the Summit will provide a comprehensive platform for practitioners involved in the growth, trade, transportation, storage and processing of cocoa,coffee, cotton, palm oil and rubber. View the conference programme, registration form and a press release ahead of the event.07/12/2012
3 December 2012 The cocoa supply-chain reaffirms its commitment to improve farmers’ livelihoods and reinforce measures to combat the worst forms of child labour
To read the statement click here14/03/2012
14 March Joint ECA/Caobisco/WCF/FCC Statement
To read the statement click here09/02/2012
6 February 2012 ECA/CAO/WCF/FCC Joint statement on EP INTA Resolution
Click here to read the joint statement30/06/2011
ECA July 2011 Cocoa Update
Please take a look at ECA's July 2011 newsletter "Cocoa Update"12/04/2011
12 April 2011 ECA / FCC & CAOBISCO Joint Statement
Click here to read the statement.15/03/2011
15 March 2011 ECA / FCC & CAOBISCO Joint Statement
Click here to read the statement.15/02/2011
15 February 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement
Click here to read the statement.04/02/2011
04 February 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement
Click here to read the statement.26/01/2011
26 January 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement
Click here to read the statement24/01/2011
ECA & FCC Joint Statement
ECA and FCC issue joint statement following recent developments in Côte d'Ivoire. Click here to see the statement.23/12/2010
ECA December 2010 Cocoa Update
Please have a look at ECA's latest newsletter "Cocoa Update"!20/12/2010
Response to the EC Staff Working Document on Combating Child Labour
ECA and Caobisco provide a response to the European Commission Staff Working Document on combating child labour.27/09/2010
Concoction IV – Amsterdam – 24-26 September 2010ECA held its "2010 Concoction IV" event on September 24-26 in Amsterdam, which marked the association's tenth anniversary. Click here to know more about the event.
"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.”
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)