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  • July 09, 2019 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cacao production is slowly growing in Hawaii. It is replacing other large agricultural plantation crops. The Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council received a grant from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program to test and demonstrate the best ways to establish new cacao orchards. Read the full article here

  • July 07, 2019 7:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a recent and thorough article published on her blog Foodensity, FCIA Member Antonella Tromba details everything about the origin, role, and use of lecithin in chocolate.

    Read more on "The Misknown Role Of Lecithin In Chocolate"

  • June 27, 2019 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • June 20, 2019 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Union Confectionery Machinery Company is pleased to announce their appointment as the exclusive auctioneer for a complete bean-to-bar chocolate plant located in Tulsa, OK. 

    The cacao machinery, built by PackInt, was purchased new in 2017 and never used in production. The roaster was built by US Roasters.

    The auction is online only and bidding is now open. The bidding closes on Thursday June 27th.

    If you wish to view the machinery or register to bid please use the link below:


    If you have any questions please contact Jim Greenberg at 203.913.9656 or Jim@unionmachinery.com



  • June 14, 2019 6:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Listen to a podcast discussing how the fine chocolate industry and specialty coffee sectors can push for more sustainable production and learn from each other. You can download the podcast or listen to it on SoundCloud.

  • June 13, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The trade group focused on the craft chocolate industry will honor four individuals and one family on June 22 at its Elevate Chocolate event in New York City."

    Read the full article by Kristine Sherred on Confectionary News.

    Congratulations 2019 Award Recipients!

    Congratulations to the winners of our Recognition of Excellence awards!  Each has followed their passion and by doing so, has raised the bar for the fine chocolate segment of our industry. Each has made a significant positive impact to our industry and their contribution has been recognized by their peers.

    Outstanding Service to the Industry
    Hector Jose Rizek, Rizek Cacao

    Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolatier
    Christopher Elbow, Christopher Elbow Chocolates

    Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolate Maker/Manufacturer
    Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe, Chef, Entrepreneur, Artist, Chocolatier

    Outstanding Contribution in Communications
    Clay Gordon, The Chocolate Life

    Lifetime Achievement
    Franceschi Family, Casa Franceschi

    Read more about the Recognition of Excellence Awards.

  • June 12, 2019 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    151 Year Old Company Continues to Strive for Top Quality and Innovation through Allergen-friendly Facilities and Product Offerings

    Burlingame, CA (June 11, 2019) — Guittard Chocolate, the family company that has expertly crafted chocolate in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1868, is proud to announce that its manufacturing facility is now tree nut free. Throughout its 151 year history, Guittard Chocolate has worked to represent quality and innovation at every level of its production and product line. Guittard’s tree nut free certification joins the company’s existing Cultivate Better commitments including non-GMO, peanut free, gluten free, sunflower lecithin and Fair Trade CertifiedTM with the goal of bringing thoughtfully sourced and allergen-friendly products to customers. 

    The tree nut free claim applies to Guittard Chocolate products produced after July 31, 2018. All Guittard Chocolate consumer products are now tree nut free, including the entire line of baking chips, organic baking wafers, baking bars and cocoa powders. 

    “At Guittard, we’re constantly striving to produce the best quality chocolate. This touches every level of what we do--from partnering with cacao farmers at origin to pushing innovation at our manufacturing facility to celebrating our chef and retail customers,” says Gary Guittard. “Being tree nut free represents our ongoing commitment to improving our product by making it as allergen-friendly as possible.”                                                     

    Guittard Chocolate is available wholesale, direct, through distributors, at specialty grocery stores nationwide, and online at Guittard.com. Find recipes and baking tips at Guittard.com/in-the-kitchen.         

    About Guittard Chocolate Company 
    As the oldest continuously family-owned and operated chocolate company in the United States, Guittard Chocolate Company, now under the fourth and fifth generation of family management, continues to grow with the same innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability that has made it one of the world’s most respected makers of premium chocolate over the past 150 years. For more information, please visit us online at www.Guittard.com or @GuittardChocolate.

  • June 11, 2019 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out this article by Steve LeVine on The Craft Chocolate Revolution. 

  • May 29, 2019 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recent NCA research, conducted in partnership with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, uncovers traits of chocolate consumers. Read the full article in Candy & Snack TODAY.

  • May 24, 2019 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    BALTIMORE, May 24, 2019—Lutheran World Relief will moderate a plenary panel at an international gathering of the fine chocolate industry that will highlight the launch of the cocoa component of the MOCCA initiative, a five-year project assisting small-scale coffee and cocoa farmers in six Latin American countries.

    The panel is part of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association’s June 22 “Elevate Chocolate” event in New York. It will be moderated by Lutheran World Relief’s Carolina Aguilar, and will include panelists Bill Guyton, FCIA CEO; Brigitte La Liberte, a scientist with Biodiversity International; and Darin Sukha, a research fellow at the Cocoa Research Centre.

    Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) Food for Progress Program and implemented with principal partner TechnoServe, the MOCCA initiative will build the key agricultural sectors of coffee and cocoa in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Peru, directly improving the livelihoods of over 120,000 farmers.

    “MOCCA will facilitate partnerships with local, regional and international markets, increasing farmer income and cacao-growing communities to reach greater sustainability,” says Carolina Aguilar, Lutheran World Relief Cocoa Director for the MOCCA project.

    The cacao component of the program, the focus of the panel discussion, will be implemented in Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador to provide farmers with training, build buyer-seller relationships, facilitate access to finance, provide support to local trade associations and platforms, and spur investments in research. Lutheran World Relief will work closely with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA), whose 360 members focus on the production of premium chocolate and encourage utilizing best practices in cocoa production and processing. Other partners include Bioversity International, Rikolto, CATIE, and CRC.

    "We are excited to partner with the new MOCCA program in Latin America, which will help improve farmer livelihoods and strengthen supply chain linkages with fine chocolate makers and chocolatiers," says Bill Guyton, executive director of the FCIA.

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    About Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health:

    With nearly 75 years of demonstrated expertise helping to transform some of the hardest-to-reach places in the developing world, Lutheran World Relief is an innovative, trusted international nongovernmental organization committed to those otherwise cut off from basic human services and opportunities. In January 2019, Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health combined operations to dramatically increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities throughout the world. For more information, visit lwr.org.

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