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  • 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.

  • May 17, 2019 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • May 14, 2019 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Another Five Star Bar® is Born!

    Lake Champlain Chocolates Introduces the Almond Five Star Bar® at Sweets and Snacks Expo Booth #1799




    BURLINGTON, VT: Say hello to the Almond Five Star Bar®, the newest member of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ best-selling Five Star Bar® line. This new bar is the ultimate treat for almond lovers with smooth almond butter surrounding roasted almonds and crispy quinoa, all wrapped in dark chocolate. 

    “While indulgence is still a huge driver for chocolate purchasers, consumers are looking for better-for-you options,” says Allyson Myers, Director of Sales and Marketing for Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC). “Using plant-based inclusions like almonds and quinoa appeals to consumers’ desire for indulgence paired with healthier ingredients. With a total of 16 almonds (7 grams of protein) packed into this chunky bar, it delivers on flavor, protein, a salty-sweet crunch, and rich texture to satiate the most discerning sweet tooth.”  

    According to Innova Market Insights, almonds and almond butter are key trends in the chocolate industry right now, providing products with interesting textures, premium positioning, higher protein, and indulgent flavor profiles while using less sugar.

    The Almond Five Star Bar® rounds out the line that now includes seven irresistibly delicious flavors: Almond, Caramel, Hazelnut, Peanut, Granola, Fruit & Nut, and Chocolate Caramel.  The Five Star Bars® are still handcrafted in small batches from only the best Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients at LCC’s Burlington, Vermont factory.

    “We continue to see the conscious consumerism trend grow as individuals seek to express their values through their purchasing decisions,” says Myers.  “Choosing Fair Trade Certified™ products resonates with these consumers and we’re proud to offer this certification for one of our best-selling lines.”

    Taste the new Almond Five star Bar® and see the full line at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, Booth#1799, Chicago, Illinois, May 21-23.   LCC will be hosting a Five Star Breakfast at the show on May 22.  Stop by for a healthy start to the day and meet the new Five Star Bar! The Almond Five Star Bar® has an SRP of $4.00.

    All of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ products are Kosher-certified, free of preservatives, additives and use non-GMO and fair trade certified ingredients. For more about the Vermont chocolate maker, visit www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.


  • May 09, 2019 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the past few years, FCIA member, CocoTerra (based in Palo Alto, CA) has been quietly working on building the world’s first tabletop chocolate maker, integrating grinding, refining, conching, tempering and molding in one appliance about the size of a typical bread machine or Cuisinart food processor. Starting from nibs, the CocoTerra chocolate maker will produce approximately half a pound of solid chocolate in about two hours! CocoTerra has just started to reveal details of this machine on its web site, https://www.cocoterra.com/.

    The machine is not yet in production, but you can stay up to date on CocoTerra’s progress by subscribing to its newsletters, and following the company on Facebook or Twitter @CocoTerraCo. This is an exciting development for chocolate lovers, craft makers, and farmers alike.

  • May 08, 2019 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
        Please, see attached the link to purchase a recent publication called "Cacao: The Craft Chocolate Magazine." The magazine follows the bean to bar sequence, taking the reader on a journey from the farm to the final product by showcasing stories from all aspects of the chocolate making process. FCIA member Antonella Tromba of Foodensity and Daisy Hill—on behalf of Enliven Cacao—have featured articles in section "BAR" and "BEAN" respectively.  (Photographs 2 and 3 are credited to Lilla Toth-Tatai.) We hope you enjoy it!

  • May 01, 2019 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FCIA Private Sector Liaison for the MOCCA Cocoa Project

    LOCATION: Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru or Ecuador

    EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-Time Consultant


    REPORTING TO: FCIA Executive Director (in USA)

    FUNDING: Level of effort not to exceed $20,000/year. Travel budget is separate

    COUNTERPARTS: Regional Director (Latin America) Deputy Director, Cacao Production & Marketing (Latin America) Manager of Donations and Management Models (Latin America) Six Country Cocoa Managers (Latin America)

    TRAVEL: Limited

    For all of the details, see the attached announcement.

  • April 22, 2019 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FCIA member, Paul Joachim, creates amazing chocolate sculptures. Check out a recent sculpture of the Eiffel Tower that was featured on Italian television. Paul will be creating an amazing sculpture at the upcoming FCIA Summer Elevate Chocolate Event on June 22, 2019 in New York City. Join us, register now for the event.

  • April 17, 2019 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark Harman

    Chocolate is fickle, frustrating, challenging, and, on its best days, loads of fun. FCIA is the community I turn to for help. It's where I can network with, and learn from, chocolate professionals (often industry luminaries) who are as passionate as I am about the subtleties of flavor chocolate(s) and the quality/equity of the supply chain that enables us to create it.

    Still a young organization, FCIA has grown into a key resource for chocolate professionals. With your help, expect FCIA to become even more influential as the “go-to” expert resource for media and consumers as well. I am very proud to have been elected to the FCIA Board of Directors this year, working with a dynamic team of industry leaders and professional staff.

    Mesocacao logoMesocacao makes chocolate couverture in Central America for US & Canadian markets.

  • April 17, 2019 9:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KANY Corporation logoFormed in 1987, KANY Corporation is a U.S.-based and Ghanaian family-owned company with the corporate mission of advancing and adding value to Ghana’s most treasured commodity: cocoa. We made the decision to join FCIA last year, and recently upgraded our membership to the Corporate Level. KANY is excited to be a part of the fine chocolate movement through FCIA and participating in events and programs.

    The company specializes in the supply of premium cocoa beans and related cocoa products, which include cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder. With customers ranging from artisanal bean-to-bar companies and craft chocolate makers to bakeries and multinational processors, KANY reliably sources and supplies both conventional and organic beans and products adhering to international food and safety standards.

    Full transparency, environmental stewardship, and equitable practices are pillars of the KANY platform. The company has strategically partnered with farmer-owned cooperatives dedicated to further Ghana’s heritage as producing the finest quality cocoa in the world. These relationships allow KANY to ensure its cocoa beans and products are sustainably sourced and that the smallholder farmers (the most important link of the supply chain) are more than adequately compensated for their hard work.

    Kofi Boakye of KANY Corporation
    Kofi Boakye, Business Development Manager of KANY Corporation

    KANY offers beans and products that are Fairtrade, UTZ/Rainforest, USDA Organic, JAS Organic, Halal, Kosher certified.

    For more information on KANY and/or to request product samples, please reach out to Kofi Boakye, Business Development Manager, kofiboakye@kanycorp.com.

    If you are an FCIA member interested to have company featured in the FCIA Newsletter please contact Bill Guyton.

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