Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme


The Cocoa of Excellence (CoEx) Programme is the entry point for cocoa-producers to participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), a global competition recognizing the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavours. This is a unique opportunity to promote high-quality cocoa and diversity at national level and celebrate the skills and know-how of the men and women who produce it.

CoEx is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and we are excited to announce a growing number of countries and cocoa producers participating!

For this 2019 Edition, we received 223 samples from 55 cocoa-producing countries. The CoEx Technical Committee completed the evaluation of all accepted samples transformed into liquor and we are pleased to announce the names of the producers of the best 50 samples. The next step is the evaluation of these samples processed into chocolate in September for the selection of the 2019 International Cocoa Awards that will be celebrated at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris from 30 October to 3 November 2019.