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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Q3 2014 statistics published on 14 October 2014 at 8am CET.

Next statistics to be published in January 2015.

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.


ECA Cocoa Event in Istanbul: Special post-conference newsletter and selected presentations are now available online!

See the newsletter and the presentations.


185 delegates attended the 2013 ECA conference in Istanbul

See the press release.


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,coffeecottonpalm oil and rubberView the conference programmeregistration form and a press release ahead of the event.


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 here


14 March Joint ECA/Caobisco/WCF/FCC Statement

To read the statement click here


6 February 2012 ECA/CAO/WCF/FCC Joint statement on EP INTA Resolution

Click here to read the joint statement


ECA July 2011 Cocoa Update

Please take a look at ECA's July 2011 newsletter "Cocoa Update"


12 April 2011 ECA / FCC & CAOBISCO Joint Statement

Click here to read the statement.


15 March 2011 ECA / FCC & CAOBISCO Joint Statement

Click here to read the statement.


15 February 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement

Click here to read the statement.


04 February 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement

Click here to read the statement.


26 January 2011 ECA & FCC Joint Statement

Click here to read the statement


ECA & FCC Joint Statement

ECA and FCC issue joint statement following recent developments in Côte d'Ivoire. Click here to see the statement.


ECA December 2010 Cocoa Update

Please have a look at ECA's latest newsletter  "Cocoa Update"!


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.


Concoction IV – Amsterdam – 24-26 September 2010

ECA 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.”

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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)