The 2018 FCC COCOA DINNER
The FCC Cocoa Dinner is a triannual event. The next one will be held on Friday 18 May 2018 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN at 6:45pm for 7:30pm. The Dinner will be linked with a fund raising initiative for the SOS Children’s Villages.
Members are invited to apply for tables for their guests and partners. As in previous years, we are offering tables that will seat up to 10 people. The price of each table is GBP 2300 plus VAT. The table price includes the champagne reception, dinner with wine served until the end of formal proceedings, and entertainment. In order to simplify the contributions to the charity SOS Children's Villages, which the FCC customarily supports via the Cocoa Dinner, host members will also commit to donate to the charity an additional £200 per each table purchased.
Members who wish to purchase tables must complete the Table Application Form and return to the FCC by the close of business on Friday 26th January 2018.
The allocation of tables will be at the Federation’s discretion. Once the application for tables has been accepted and confirmed in writing by the FCC Secretariat, host members will be invoiced from January 2018 for the price of tables purchased. More information on the specific charity project and details for payment of the donation to the SOS Children’s Village will be sent together with the table invoice.
For discounted hotel rates for the event, members and their guests are advised to make their bookings through PRIORITY either online via the link below or by telephone on 0845 6123 611 or +44 1473 550 620 and quote FCCO001 18 http://www.priority.ltd/events.aspx?event=fcc
PRIORITY will always negotiate the best available rate at the time of booking and if there are better rates than those shown on the rate card they will inform the guests at the time of booking.
For more information about the Dinner, Members can contact the Federation either by phone or email.
Tel: +44(0) 203 773 6200
The 2015 FCC Cocoa Dinner
The last Cocoa Dinner was held on Friday 15th May 2015 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN.
The Dinner brought together around 980 people from the international cocoa community including key influential guest speakers such as the Vice-Presidents of the Republic of Ghana and Indonesia.
The theme of the 2015 Dinner was "West meets East" with focus on West Africa as the world's leaders of cocoa producers and the growing importance of Asia to the global economy. See here full Programme.
We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our Sponsors for their generous support and commitment to making this event so successful.
The 2015 Cocoa Dinner was linked with a fund raising initiative for the SOS Children's Villages medical centre in Asiakwa, Ghana in order to help meet the running costs of the medical centre and enable over 1000 people in Asiakwa with treatment that could make the difference between life and death for them.
See here update on the SOS Children’s Village Asiakwa, Ghana – Medical Centre: SOS Children's Villages medical centre in Asiakwa
Joint Research Fund overview - CAOBISCO
Sustainable cocoa supply chain calls for high standards of quality and productivity whereby cocoa is safe for consumer consumption, complies with manufacturers’ quality requirements, and meets the growing global demand.
CAOBISCO, the European Cocoa Association (ECA) and the Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) are committed to working towards more sustainable cocoa which complies with such requirements for consumer, manufacturer and farmer benefit.
As the overall productivity for cocoa has not changed significantly in decades (current average cocoa yields are around 400kg/ha), the rehabilitation of existing cocoa producing land (by using improved planting material), the use of fertilisers and the management of cocoa pests and diseases are considered key priorities. Over the last few years, CAOBISCO, ECA, and FCC have successfully worked on defining Good Agricultural Practices for food safety in cocoa.
Given deteriorating yields and quality levels in several countries, the growing consumer interest in cocoa sustainability, and closer links with producing countries, it is now time to move forward and review sustainable industry quality needs as well as productivity.
In 2013, the three associations joined forces by setting up a Joint Research Fund. The Fund operates under the associations’ Joint Cocoa Quality & Productivity Working Group and is currently administered by ECA. On average three projects (that typically run over a two to five year timespan) are administered through the Fund.
Current projects include:
Cocoa Bean Quality Requirements Guide
Research on occurrence and mitigation of cadmium in cocoa
Detection of Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV)
As a supply chain approach is crucial to tackling quality and productivity issues in the cocoa supply chain, the joint WG has a regular exchange of information and cooperates in this work with cocoa producing countries governments, research institutes, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and the European Commission.
FCC Courses 18-27 June 2018
For more information on the 2018 FCC Courses, view our courses page.