Make it Matter. From cocoa to chocolate - Explore. Empower. Exchange.

CHOCOVISION 2016 was building on the notion that stakeholders increasingly judge us by the impact we create, and not by words. It explored opportunities in developing markets, innovations in chocolate, the role of digitization as well as palatable anti-obesity solutions for the chocolate industry. A highly interactive session involving all stakeholders and in particular farmer representatives from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana discussed what it takes to empower cocoa farmers; and, lastly, an exchange on how we can transform our industry for the better and have a lasting impact - to Make it Matter, and to do well by doing good. 

Sir Bob Geldof who is widely recognized for his anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa returned four years after his passionate plea at CHOCOVISION 2012 that “the big players should get down and dirty in the soil with the growers” which inspired CocoaAction. He participated in the sustainability session of CHOCOVISION 2016 during which industry together with key stakeholders from cocoa growing countries and civil society critically reviewed progress made so far and discussed what more needs to be done to scale impact.

Keynote Speakers

Lord Michael Hastings of scarisbrick KPMG International
Sir Bob Geldof singer, songwriter and political activist


Over 30 high-level speakers discussed topics such as: the highly fragmented and challenging supply chain, fields for innovation in chocolate, moving from shareholder value to stakeholder value and shared value creation, engaging the digital consumer in the new connected world, the business case for quality education, how to make those under 30 matter, etc.

Manfred Borer Swisscontact
Pierre Chandon INSEAD Sorbonne Behavioral Lab
Jason Clay WWF, World Wildlife Fund
Markus Conrad Tchibo
Nicko Debenham Barry Callebaut
Koen Deryckere Accenture
Till Dudler Accenture
Djibril Fadiga Le Conseil Café Cacao, Ccc
Patrick Firmenich Firmenich
Antonie Fountain VOICE Network
Calvin Grieder Bühler
Andreas Jacobs Barry Callebaut
Riz Lateef BBC London
Gerard Manley Olam Cocoa
Katrina Markoff Vosges Haut-Chocolat
H.E. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana Cameroon
Ivan Ontaneda Berru Eco-Kakao
Joost Oorthuizen Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)
Dr. Stephen K. Opuni Ghana Cocoa Board
Barry Parkin Mars, Inc.
Kate Robertson One Young World
Antoine De Saint-Affrique Barry Callebaut
Fabio Segura Jacobs Foundation
Juergen Steinemann Metro Group
Tidjane  Thiam Credit Suisse
Aldo  Uva Ferrero
Kip Walk Blommer Chocolate
Nick  Weatherill International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)
Susanna  Zhu The Hershey Company

Farmer Representatives

Oussou  N'goran Chairwoman, Cooperative COVIMA, Côte d’Ivoire
Zea Marie Zae Deputy Secretary General Cooperative CADESA, Côte d’Ivoire
Evans Tagbor Founding President of the Young Cocoa Farmers Association in the Western and Ashanti Regions of Ghana
Leticia Yankey Cocoa farmer and owner of a 14-acre cocoa farm in Ghana


CHOCOVISION 2016 would like to thank the following partners for their support:

Premium Partner

Contributing Partners
Bühler AG
Credit Suisse
The Hershey Company
The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Olam Cocoa

Cooperating Partners
Le Conseil du Café-Cacao
Ghana Cocoa Board
IOI Loders Croklaan
Ruchi Group

Media Partners
Asia Pacific Food Industry
Kennedy Confection
Sweets Global Network

Barry Callebaut AG