Joining us

Why should you join ECA?



A strong and credible industry voice

A protective shield

Development Policy: the sustainability of the supply chain

Consensus and Coalition Building

With so many business interests actively engaged in EU affairs in Brussels, it is difficult for companies to have their voice heard. Likewise, the EU authorities welcome the possibility to engage with credible, recognised trade associations. Therefore, we do the ground work to understand our members’ questions and needs, and seek alignment to present strong common positions to the EU institutions.

Moreover, the cocoa voice stands to be heard well if we join forces with other structures. Thus, over the years, we have built strong strategic alliances with other actors in the cocoa supply chain, e.g. Caobisco, the Federation for Cocoa Commerce (FCC), the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO), the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) – and beyond cocoa, with the Primary Food Processors’ Platform (PFP). In addition, ECA is actively engaged in forums such as the ICCO Consultative Board, and enjoys Observer Status in the Codex Alimentarius Commission of the FAO. ECA is also an expert member within ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

A bridge between the EU and cocoa producing countries

The EU is the largest importer of cocoa from the world’s top producing countries. We act as an intermediary between the EU and cocoa-producing countries when issues of key concern for the cocoa sector are under discussion at production and/or consumption levels.

The ECA Toolbox

The ECA Grind Statistics

The ECA Trade MasterTable

The EU Regulatory Update

A scientific library

A Research Fund

Together with ECA, FCC and CAOBISCO members, we have set up a Joint Research Fund for Industry-led research projects. Companies join the fund at a modest cost and can then collectively decide on which projects should be supported. This Research Fund is currently managed by ECA.

ECA Fact sheets and updates

ECA has produced a series of concise fact sheets on key topics in the areas of Food Safety, Trade and Sustainability.