About the European Cocoa Association
The European Cocoa Association was founded in 2000 with the aim of responding to a number of issues impacting on the European cocoa sector:
- On-going globalisation
- Continuing European political and economic integration
- The growing trend of increased regulations in the industry
- Consolidation within the cocoa industry
The ECA Statutes describe ECA’s original mission as being “to study, to research and to implement adequate solutions to any matter affecting the industry, the trading and the logistics of the cocoa sector”, in the broadest sense. Such matters were described as including but not limited to, “the scientific, technical, documentary, environmental and institutional domains”. In addition, ECA was set-up to promote close cooperation on these matters between its members at a European level. Over the years, while this has remained ECA’s core business, the association has also steadily grown its knowledge base in other areas highly relevant to the cocoa sector, such as:
- Food contaminants – chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides
- International Trade – EU trade relations with cocoa producing and consuming countries
- Environment and sustainability – climate change, certification schemes
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 or consumption level.
ECA also serves as a senior management-level discussion forum for the broad spectrum of companies directly or indirectly involved in the cocoa chain. Indeed, ECA is intent on maintaining a close rapport with the upstream and downstream participants in the complex cocoa supply chain, from the origin countries to the retailers, primarily through their respective trade associations.
ECA is not involved in any cocoa buying, selling or trading, which are its Members' activities.
Together, ECA Members represent two-thirds of Europe’s cocoa beans grinding, 50% of Europe’s industrial chocolate production and 40 % of the world production of cocoa liquor, butter and powder.