Influential voice in climate deal to headline Chocovision 2018

By Oliver Nieburg

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Fourth edition of Chocovision to take place in Davos in June 2018. Photo: BC
Fourth edition of Chocovision to take place in Davos in June 2018. Photo: BC

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Barry Callebaut has announced a figure instrumental in the Paris climate change agreement as its keynote speaker for Chocovision 2018.

The supplier will host Chocovision, its conference on the future of chocolate and cocoa, in Davos, Switzerland on June 5-7, 2018.

ConfectioneryNews is the exclusive English-language media partner and will provide updates from Davos.

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, now vice-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy at ClimateWorks, is the headline speaker.

Costa Rican Figueres was formerly executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016 and oversaw the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The climate change accord aims to keep global temperatures rises this century below 2°C.

Other confirmed speakers for Chocovision 2018 include:

  • Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer
  • John H. Downs, Jr, president and CEO of the US National Confectioners Association
  • Fons Maex, founder & CEO of Kim’s Chocolate
  • Ian Roberts, chief technology officer at the Bühler Group
  • Stefan Scheiber, CEO of the Bühler Group
  • Rick Scobey, president of the World Cocoa Foundation
  • Sunny George Verghese, co-founder and CEO of Olam
  • Terry Von Bibra, general manager Europe at the Alibaba Group

‘Business as a change agent’

ChocoVision 2018 will address opportunities and challenges in chocolate technology and sustainable cocoa, following a theme Barry Callebaut describes as ‘To the Point’.

Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut, told ConfectioneryNews: "The world around us is changing dramatically and reshaping the way we do business.

“At Chocovision 2018 leading personalities from the cocoa and chocolate industry, governments and civil society will gather to discuss how technology is spurring innovation in our sector, explore how we can ensure a sustainable chocolate future and highlight the role of business as a change agent.”

Chocovision takes place at the Morosani Schweizerhof Hotel in the Swiss mountains

The conference package costs CHF 2,950 ($3,001), but there is a 15% discount for NGOs .

Barry Callebaut launched Chocovision in 2012 and hosts the event every two years.

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