Global Cocoa Agenda Actions: “Improve cocoa quality by better communication of industry needs, post-harvest processing and quality assessment.”
The European Cocoa Industry needs a sustainable and consistent supply of cocoa beans with the quality attributes to meet our diverse requirements. Various types of cocoa beans are needed to meet the demands of a complex market for chocolate and cocoa-derived products in which food safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness are key factors alongside consumer demands for taste and quality. We all need cocoa beans which will allow us to produce products that are wholesome and comply with European legislation and other international food
safety standards. As the source of unique cocoa flavor and nutritional components, the importance of a consistently high standard of quality in cocoa beans cannot be over emphasized.
Chocolate sells in a very competitive market, where quality and value are paramount. If the quality of the cocoa
beans is poor, final products suffer and the industry as a whole loses as consumers turn to other snack foods. As set out in the Global Cocoa Agenda2 which has been internationally agreed as the road map to achieve a sustainable world cocoa economy, there is a need to “improve cocoa quality by better communication of industry needs, post-harvest processing and quality assessment”; and to “enhance food safety by wider promotion and
adoption of Good Agricultural Practices…”. This publication aims to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date reference document which brings together the key information from a range of publications covering aspects of cocoa farming practices, food safety and quality and provides linkages to sources of further details.