Chocoa 2022

Chocoa returns to Amsterdam as a live event in June

By Anthony Myers

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The Chocoa Conference returns to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam in June. Pic: Equipoise
The Chocoa Conference returns to the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam in June. Pic: Equipoise

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Chocoa, one of the key cocoa get-togethers, is to return as a live event in June with a hybrid edition at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.

After hosting a virtual event in 2021 and putting plans on hold for 2022 to monitor the ongoing pandemic uncertainties, organisers Equipoise have now decided the time is right to bring Chocoa back to the conference season.

The hybrid edition of the event allows for physical booths at the Chocoa venue, the Beurs van Berlage, as well as virtual booths on the Chocoa Digital Platform.

Virtual and live attendees can join the Chocoa marketplace to meet with cocoa producers from all over the world, along with machine manufacturers and service providers to the cocoa and chocolate supply chain.

The trade fair is all about meeting people, getting to know each other, share information about products and services and, of course, making sales. For those that can’t be at Chocoa we’ll have the matchmaking carrousel, like we had in 2021, but in an improved version. Also people that are present in Amsterdam can join the carrousel,​” the organisers said.

Sustainability trends

On the agenda this year will be wide-ranging sessions to discuss sustainability trends and innovation centred around cocoa and climate change, and the transparency of indirectly sourced cocoa,

The 2022 Chocolate Makers’ Forum will also discuss the most recent trends and the hottest topics in the craft chocolate industry, including masterclasses and workshops by and for chocolate makers as well as session with cocoa producers, chocolate distributors, machine makers and more.

At its last live event, in 2020, Chocoa boasted over 150 exhibitors and over 1,500 professional visitors. When Chocoa went virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, it took the quality and sustainability discussion online with over 600 participants, setting a new industry standard for virtual events.

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