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FCIA Educational Webinar Series

"Through their events, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association offers its members and guests a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world of chocolate and its on-going evolution as well as sharing on a one-on-one basis its knowledge, achievements and experiences. This is a unique forum not to be missed!" Jacques De Waele, Savage Bros. Co.

Luker - Cacao Fino De Aroma and The Chocolate Dream 

Upcoming events

    • April 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom


    Market Growth for Traditional Cacao Varieties in Peru and Mexico 


    Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

    Presented by

    Trent Blare, Assistant Professor in Food and Resource Economics at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, USA  - Biography

    Esperanza Isabel Corrales Ferrayola, a doctoral student at the Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Campeche, Mexico - Biography

    Attendees will learn:

    1. Growth in specialty markets has increased producers awareness and skills in supply a high quality product.
    2. Diversification of cacao markets provides many opportunities for smallholders and small scale processors.
    3. Increased market sophistication and agility will be needed to take full advantage of these changing market realities

    Cacao markets have seen a growing demand for differentiated, high-quality beans. Traders are paying premiums for the most sought-after varieties in Latin America for international, regional, and even local markets. This market for local cacao varieties may indeed be an opportunity for smallholders, their organizations, and local cacao processors as buyers seek out these local varieties conserved by smallholders, who make up 95% of Latin American cacao producers. Additionally, with consumers’ growing social awareness for sustainably and ethically produced chocolates, buyers have become more concerned not only about sourcing quality cacao and but also about supporting the rural communities that produce this. This changing market landscape provides opportunities for smallholders and cacao processors in Peru and Mexico, two countries well-known for growing of flavorful local cacao varieties. However, many challenges exist in both countries to further exploit these expanding markets for fine or flavor cacao. In this presentation, we compare the development of these expanding markets in Peru and Mexico and provide insights into what actions can be taken to ensure that smallholders and the businesses that support them can take full advantage of these market opportunities.

    ¿Cuál es el potencial de mercado de las variedades tradicionales de cacao? Una comparación de experiencias en Perú y México

    Jueves 22 de abril de 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

    presentado por

    Trent Blare, profesor asistente en economía agrícola y recursos naturales en el Centro de Investigación y Educación en Homestead, Florida, EE. UU - Biografia

    Esperanza Isabel Corrales Ferrayola, estudiante de doctorado en el Colegio de la Frontera Sur en el estado de Campeche, México - Biografia

    Los mercados del cacao han experimentado una creciente demanda de granos diferenciados de alta calidad. Los comerciantes están pagando primas por las variedades de América Latina para los mercados internacionales, regionales e incluso locales. Este mercado de variedades de cacao local puede ser una oportunidad para los pequeños agricultores, sus organizaciones y los procesadores de cacao locales, ya que los compradores buscan estas variedades locales cultivadas por los pequeños agricultores, que representan el 95% de los productores de cacao de América Latina. Además, con la creciente conciencia social de los consumidores por los chocolates producidos de manera sostenible y ética, los compradores se han preocupado más, no solo por obtener cacao de calidad sino también por apoyar a las comunidades rurales que lo producen. Este panorama cambiante del mercado ofrece oportunidades para los pequeños agricultores y procesadores de cacao en Perú y México, dos países bien conocidos por el cultivo de variedades de cacao local de alta calidad sensorial. Sin embargo, existen muchos desafíos en ambos países para explotar aún más estos mercados en expansión para el cacao fino de aroma. En esta presentación, comparamos el desarrollo de estos mercados en expansión en Perú y México y brindamos información sobre las acciones que se pueden tomar para garantizar que los pequeños agricultores y las empresas que los apoyan puedan aprovechar al máximo estas oportunidades de mercado.

    Registration deadline for live webinar is April 20, 2021

    Fecha límite de inscripción antes del 20 de abril de 2021

    April 22, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here |Registrar Aquí

    • April 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • FCIA Zoom

    Luker Chocolate:

    Journey to Cacao Fino De Aroma and The Chocolate Dream


    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Luker Chocolate is a Colombian enterprise that has over 100 years of experience in the chocolate market with a progressive approach to doing business that prioritizes quality, sustainability and transparency. 

    In this webinar they will share their experience growing an international market for Colombian fine chocolates, while developing an integrated sustainable value chain at origin. Attendees will learn:

    • The history of growing cocoa in Colombia
    • The road towards fine chocolate
    • The Chocolate Dream: sustainability objectives and key initiatives

    Registration deadline for live webinar is April 27, 2021

    April 29, 2021
    9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST

    Register Here

Past events

April 15, 2021 Creating a Revenue-Focused Social Media Strategy for 2021
April 08, 2021 Latin American Women Leaders in Fine Chocolate and Cacao
March 25, 2021 Tree to Truffle (Del árbol a la trufa)
March 18, 2021 Latin American Women Leaders in Fine Chocolate and Cacao
March 16, 2021 Regional Member Virtual Meetup - Central and Mountain
March 11, 2021 Heirloom Cacao Preservation - Sharing the Story with Customers
February 25, 2021 Sensible Indulgence
February 18, 2021 Bonbons, Bourbon, and Beer
February 11, 2021 Latin American Women Leaders in Fine Chocolate & Cacao
January 28, 2021 FCIA Membership Assembly
January 28, 2021 Think Outside the Booth: Maximize Your Chocolate Festival Experience
January 14, 2021 Descubriendo el mundo del chocolate y su pre cristalización
December 17, 2020 The Nitty Gritty of Building Your Company: Branding, Scaling Operations and Finances, Tackling Obstacles Along the Way
December 10, 2020 Participating in Virtual Trade Shows
December 03, 2020 The Art of Flavor and How to Celebrate it Through Pairings
November 20, 2020 Impact and Adaptations of COVID-19 on Fine Chocolate
November 19, 2020 Specialty Cacao in Mexico
November 12, 2020 Cocoa Flavors From Africa
November 05, 2020 Demo - Gananche
October 22, 2020 Overcoming Defects in Temper
October 15, 2020 Hosting Online Tastings and Demos
October 08, 2020 Merchandising for the Holidays - Curating an Experience That Sells
September 24, 2020 B-Corp Status - The Benefits to Fine Chocolate Companies
September 23, 2020 Planning For the Holidays to Maximize Your Business Success
September 16, 2020 Post Harvest Practices to Maximize Flavor
September 10, 2020 Classic and Caramel Cremeux with Valrhona Chocolate
August 03, 2020 Artisan Chocolate and the Hershey Company, a Business Case for Corporate Dissonance
July 28, 2020 Artisan Chocolate and the Hershey Company, a Business Case for Corporate Dissonance
July 23, 2020 Breaking Barriers: FCIA Strategies for Supporting Minority-Owned Fine Chocolate Businesses
July 21, 2020 Tempering Chocolate - Demonstration and Discussion of Techniques
July 16, 2020 Colored Cocoa Butter - hosted by Netflix "Nailed It" Pastry Chef Charity George
July 09, 2020 FCIA Educational Webinar Series - Cocoa Butter Part 1- Video and Discussion on Temperature and Methods (spraying/painting/splattering)
May 27, 2020 Online Cacao & Chocolate Summit
March 05, 2020 FCIA's Elevate Chocolate & Trade Fair 2020
January 19, 2020 FCIA Fine Chocolate Pavilion at SFA Fancy Food Show
August 25, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
August 13, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
June 22, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2019
June 09, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern California
May 16, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
January 12, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2019
October 21, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - New England
June 30, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2018
June 03, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
May 04, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
April 26, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northwest
March 29, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Upper MidWest
March 16, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest States
March 14, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
January 20, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2018
October 18, 2017 FCIA Texas Regional Meet-Up
June 24, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2017
January 21, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2017
September 12, 2016 ECOM Ecuadorian Cacao Experince
June 25, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016
January 16, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2016
June 27, 2015 FCIA: Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2015(Members login to get your discounted registration)
January 10, 2015 FCIA Winter Event 2015 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
June 28, 2014 FCIA Summer Event 2014
January 18, 2014 FCIA Winter Event 2014 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
October 20, 2013 FCIA Networking Party: Chicago-Midwest Region
June 29, 2013 FCIA Summer Event
January 19, 2013 FCIA 2013 Winter Event
June 16, 2012 FCIA's 2012 Summer Event
January 14, 2012 FCIA's January 14th Event: Fine Cacao...Protect the Species & Share the Passion!
July 11, 2011 FCIA / USDA-ARS Tour Confirmation
July 09, 2011 FCIA - 2011 Summer Event - The Future of Fine Flavor Cacao
January 15, 2011 2011 Winter Event
June 26, 2010 Registration for the FCIA Summer Event on June 26th in New York City
January 16, 2010 Join us for the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Party
January 16, 2010 January 16th Program: Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits
June 27, 2009 FCIA Members, Friends, & Industry Cocktail Reception
June 27, 2009 June 2009 Educational Session
June 27, 2009 June Members Only Networking Session & All Members Meeting- 2009

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