NEW YORK, NY -- Fine food professionals from around the globe and across industries will convene in New York City on June 22 to celebrate the growing fine chocolate industry at Elevate Chocolate Summer 2019.
The event is hosted by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA), the only organization focused 100% on supporting fine chocolate professionals.
The theme of the Summer 2019 event is Foundation for the Future in Fine Chocolate.
A few of the scheduled highlights for the semi-annual, one-day event:
- Nine morning workshops covering value chains and quality standards, innovative product development, and communications and market research
- Three specialist afternoon huddles, for chocolatiers, chocolate makers, and pastry chefs
- Two engaging afternoon panels: “Future Foundations for Fine Chocolate Demand” and “Future Foundations for Fine Cocoa Supply: MOCCA Program Announcement”
- Gallery Showcase and Partnership Exhibit featuring value-chain exhibitors and partners
- Latest updates from Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund
- FCIA Recognition of Excellence Awards (bi-annual awards)
- A unique live chocolate sculpting exhibition by renowned chocolatier Paul Joachim from The Chocolate Genius
- And the ever-popular Chocolate Makers Tasting Table and new Chocolatier Tasting Table
The plenary discussion in the afternoon will feature a discussion of the cocoa component of the MOCCA initiative, a five-year project assisting small-scale coffee and cocoa farmers in six Latin American countries. 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.
“Elevate Chocolate provides our members and everyone in the fine chocolate industry with the opportunities to connect and strengthen not only our own businesses and organizations, but the sustainability of the industry as a whole,” said Clark Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company, President of the FCIA Board of Directors. “Consumers increasingly recognize and appreciate the value of fine chocolate, and their growing demand can be met only through ongoing improvements in quality cacao supply from around the world.”
The Elevate Chocolate event continues to grow along with the FCIA and the fine chocolate industry as a whole. Nearly 300 member companies and organizations are expected to attend, including growers and producers, chocolate makers and chocolatiers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, chefs, communicators, retailers and wholesalers, and other purveyors of fine chocolate. Throughout the day, attendees will have myriad opportunities to exchange insights and information, building their businesses and working to raise the profile of fine cacao and chocolate among a larger audience.