“Fast Forward. From cocoa to chocolate – Inspiration. Innovation. Impact”.

If there is one common denominator in today’s world, it is speed: Product life cycles that used to be years, have become months. How can we get our products in the hands of our consumers as quickly as possible? Speed is also of the essence when it comes to closing the existing and known gaps in the cocoa supply chain. The faster we manage to close these gaps the more value will we create for millions of cocoa farmers and for billions of consumers. And ensure the long-term success of our industry. 

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said it was “absolutely imperative” to bring  the stakeholders and the key influencers together across the total value chain together for solving some of these challenges we are all faced with. He also reminded delegates that we will be measured by our actions, not by what we say, and echoed the appeal of Peace Nobel Prize Laureate Leymah Gwobee to invest in women in order to achieve true social and economic development. 

Building on the outcome of CHOCOVISION 2012 to better work together, a key topic of conference was CocoaAction, a strategy coordinated by the World Cocoa Foundation aiming for building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector through increased cooperation between industry members and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana


Keynote Speakers

 Leymah Gbowee 2011 Peace Nobel Prize Laureate
Dr. Auma Obama Sauti Kuu Foundation


Topics discussed were: the fundamental developments that are reshaping the global business, social and economic landscapes, such as the disruptive forces shaping the world, revitalizing the chocolate category in mature grocery markets, consumer trends and the future dynamics of the cocoa and agriculture commodity markets; innovative ways to intensify cocoa sustainability and CocaAction; and a number of practical case studies on how inspiration can be turned into impact.

Mian Amoakon SOCODEVI, Côte d'Ivoire
Dr. Graeme Codrington Trend Strategist, TomorrowToday
Damien Courvalin Goldman Sachs
FX de Mallmann Goldman Sachs
Nicko Debenham Barry Callebaut
Dr. Aalt Dijkhuizen Wageningen University
Yoshitaka Ebihara Fuji Oil Ltd.
Gabino Gómez Carbajal Barcel-Ricolino/Grupo Bimbo
Bill Guyton World Cocoa Foundation
Dr. Andreas Jacobs Barry Callebaut
Jonathan Jacoby Oxfam America
Gerry Manley Olam International
Christine Montenegro McGrath Mondelez International
John A. Morris KPMG LLP UK
Louise Nicholls Marks & Spencer
Terry L. O'Day The Hershey Company
Eliseus Opoku-Boamah Cocoa Abrabopa Association
Dr. Stephen K. Opuni Ghana Cocoa Board
Barry Parkin Mars, Inc.
Nisha Pillai Conference Moderator
Paul Polman Unilever
Dr. Ian Roberts Bühler AG
H.E. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann Swiss Confederation
Juergen Steinemann Barry Callebaut
Massandjé Touré-Litsé Conseil Cafe-Cacao
Gary Smith Firmenich S.A.
Aldo Uva Firmenich S.A.
Scott Walker ADM Cocoa
James Walton IGD

And 4 young Leaders of Tomorrow:

Louis Lagoutte Jacobs University
Nickolet Ncube Jacobs University
Kamila Radikovna Mustafina Jacobs University
Sergio Sarmiento Jacobs University


CHOCOVISION 2014 would like to thank the following partners for their support:

Premium Partner
Goldman Sachs International

Contributing Partners
Bühler AG
Firmenich S.A.
The Hershey Company
Mars, Inc.
Olam International Limited

Cooperating Partners
Altair Chimica
IOI Loders Croklaan
Ruchi Group

Media Partners
Asia-Pacific Food Industry
Kennedy’s Confection

Barry Callebaut AG