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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Q4 2015 statistics published on January 15th 2016.

News & events 12/11/2014

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.


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.


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.

"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)