Press Release | International business leaders and stakeholders to meet in Davos for CHOCOVISION 2016


International business leaders and stakeholders to meet in Davos for CHOCOVISION 2016

The biennial CHOCOVISION conference will again take place in 2016 from June 7-9 at its traditional venue in Davos, Switzerland. It will bring together about 200 relevant stakeholders along the cocoa value chain – farmers, cocoa processors, chocolate makers, FMCG producers, retailers, investors as well as politicians and NGOs – to discuss challenges and opportunities along that chain. The conference theme will be MAKE IT MATTER. From cocoa to chocolate – Explore. Empower. Exchange., building on the notion that stakeholders increasingly judge us by the impact we create, and not by words.  

Stimulating discussions on strategic topics of common concern

The cocoa and chocolate industry is thriving… with a popular product, stable growth rates and wide scope for innovation. It is also an industry with a complex, highly fragmented supply chain and a number of challenges, as well as opportunities, along that chain. For example, farmers who seem to be stuck in poverty, sustainability issues which are now center stage, rapidly changing consumer habits, an evolving digital landscape or the looming obesity crisis, to only mention a few. 

More than 30 intriguing speakers and panelists

Guest speakers and panelists include senior business executives, including Tidjane Thiam (CEO, Credit Suisse), Olaf Koch (Chairman of the Management Board, Metro Group), Markus Conrad (CEO, Tchibo), Calvin Grieder (Chairman & CEO, Bühler), Aldo Uva (Chief Officer Operating Supply and Strategic Business Platforms,  Ferrero), Patrick Firmenich (Vice-Chairman Firmenich); experts such as Till Dudler (Managing Director EALA Consumer Goods & Services Strategy, Accenture), Kate Robertson (Founder ‘One Young World’ and former Global President and UK Chairman at Havas), Prof. Pierre Chandon (The L’Oréal Chaired Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Creativity, INSEAD), Dr. Jason Clay, (SVP, Markets and Executive Director, the Markets Institute, World Wildlife Fund); stakeholders along the cocoa value chain such as political leaders from cocoa growing countries, Massandjé Touré-Litsé (Director General, Conseil du Café-Cacao), Dr. Steven K. Opuni (Chief Executive, Ghana Cocoa Board), cocoa farmers from Ivory Coast and Ghana,  industry representatives from MarsThe Hershey CompanyOlam International, Barry Callebaut, representatives of the International Cocoa Initiative ICIIDHSwisscontact and VOICE Network;  and many more.   

The Opening Night will feature Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick (Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG International), who will discuss the power of partnerships between business and civil society to empower smallholder producers economically and socially. 

Registration is now open

CHOCOVISION targets international senior business leaders from the cocoa, chocolate and retail industry, influential politicians and key representatives from national and international institutions as well as NGOs. Registration is open as of now via the conference website:

Contact for the media during the conference

Björn Emde
Head of Media Relations
Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 03 26 

Preliminary program of CHOCOVISION 2016 (Status March 2016)

Overview Speakers CHOCOVISION 2016 (status quo/confirmed March 2016; s.a. here)