Awarded for the first time at the Salon du Chocolat Professionnel in 2009, the International Cocoa Awards (ICA) distinguish, in the presence of some forty farmers, cocoas of excellence depending on their origin, through a highly scientific selection and production process. Each cocoa is selected directly from farmers across the Southern hemisphere and finishes its journey at the Salon du Chocolat, prepared as a tasting chocolate following a unique protocol.

No less than 24 cocoa-producing countries have participated in 2013, with 114 samples of cocoa beans received. 

The ICA Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 30th October and rewarded:


For the Africa Region:

Cote d'Ivoire - Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) Divo - 117/13

Cote d'Ivoire - Jean-Jacques Djagbre Gbaka - 120/13         

Ghana - Amos Kwaku - 157/13

Madagascar - Coopérative de planteurs de cacao du Sambirano - 318/13

Togo - WALLA MATCHA Balouki -176/13


For the Asia and Pacific Region:

Malaysia - Hj Ahmad Bin Sapari - 173/13

Malaysia - Janda AK Jelian - 175/13

Vietnam - Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam - 187/13


For the Central America and Caribbean Region:

Costa Rica - Finca La Dorada - Elkin Mejia - 184/13

Dominican Republic - Finca La Esmeralda - Denominación de Origen (Los Bejucos) - 180/13

Honduras - Xoco Fine Cocoa Company - 319/13        

Trinidad and Tobago - La Reunion Estate, Ministry of Food Production of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - 127/13


For the South America Region:

Bolivia - Mario Guari Cartagena, Asociacion de Productores Agroforestales de la Region Amazonica de Bolivia (APARAB) - 314/13

Peru - Asociación Regional de Productores de Cacao – Tumbes – ARPROCAT - 003/13

Venezuela - Hacienda San José C.A. - 313/13


Created by the Salon du Chocolat, Cirad and Bioversity International, the aim of the ICA is to:

-Facilitate collaborative relationships between quality producers and artisan chocolatiers or industrial chocolate makers;
-Raise awareness of the quality, diversity and richness of the origins of cocoa amongst all stakeholders in the cocoa sector;
-Boost the capacity of producing countries to seek, evaluate and produce quality cocoa.


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