Activities

Publication of the European Cocoa Bean Usage Statistics

Since July 2000, ECA has reported quarterly its European Grind Statistics.
From the Q4 2006 report onwards, the statistics have included both grinding and expeller processes, now representing over 97% of the total European usage.
The latest quarter statistics are published on this website at the end of the first fortnight following the quarter.

Monitoring and Reporting

On behalf of its members, ECA monitors and reports on regulatory developments of interest to the cocoa sector. These cover a variety of areas: from food safety and quality to transport, customs and trade agreements.

Scientific Research

ECA is involved in various research programs (e.g. on Ochratoxin A, Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons, Pesticides). These are undertaken either by ECA alone, or together with research institutes in Europe and cocoa producing countries. The results of this research have already positively affected the European cocoa business community.

A Scientific Library

ECA benefits from a bespoke library of scientific data - fed into by its member companies on a confidential basis - to help substantiate industry positioning on food safety concerns.

Responsible and Sustainable Cocoa

The chocolate and cocoa industries have been working for many years with farmers to improve their standard of living through a sustainable cocoa economy. Through its active participation in a number of bodies, ECA ensures its members’ CSR activities are relayed to the wider stakeholder community. Cocoa sustainability, and responsible behaviour in the cocoa supply chain cover aspects as varied as good agricultural practices, fair labour practices and income generation.

International Cocoa Event:

In addition to its Board and bi-annual General Members Meetings (GMM), ECA organises European Cocoa Forums. These 2-day events, initiated in September 2002, gather the whole international cocoa community and are based on a new innovative concept blending leisure and business times. These events provide excellent networking opportunities in addition to offering a forum for exchange of views between our members and  key stakeholders. Find out more on Concoction 2005, Concoction 2007, Concoction 2010Concoction 2013, and the European Cocoa Forum 2016.

Newsletters

ECA publishes a General Newsletter (every 6 weeks), a Trade Info, and the ECA Reviews on Food Safety & Quality, and on Sustainability & Development.

ECA also produced a series of over 20 concise factsheets on key areas of Food Safety, Trade and Development.