Categories of Membership

Membership is divided into 5 categories - Voting, Associate, Non-Voting, Group and Honorary


Voting is open to those engaged in the trade of cocoa beans and cocoa products.

Voting membership is subdivided into the following sectors of the Trade:

  1. Production/Exportation - Voting members engaged in the production of Cocoa Beans and/or exportation of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles from origin countries;
  2. Business to Business "BTB" - Voting members engaged in the the processing of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles ("the Processor Sector of the Trade");
  3. Business to Consumer "BTC" -  Voting members engaged in the manufacturing of Cocoa Products and related articles ("the Chocolate Industry Sector of the Trade”);
  4. Trade - Voting members engaged in the trading of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles.

Associate membership is open to those engaged in the trade of cocoa beans and cocoa products which are not able to meet the financial requirements for Voting membership.

Associate membership is also subdivided into the following sectors of the Trade:

  1. Production/Exportation - Associate members engaged in the production of Cocoa Beans and/or exportation of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles from origin countries;
  2. Business to Business "BTB" - Associate members engaged in the the processing of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles ("the Processor Sector of the Trade"), 
  3. Business to Consumer "BTC" -  Associate members engaged in the manufacturing of Cocoa Products and related articles ("the Chocolate Industry Sector of the Trade”),
  4. Trade - Associate members engaged in the trading of Cocoa Beans, Cocoa Products and related articles..

Non-Voting membership is open to those engaged in activities ancillary to the trade and who are not parties to the FCC contract.

Group membership is open to subsidiaries or affiliates of members in either the Voting or Non-Voting Category.

 

Capital Requirements

Voting Member Capital Assets ≥ £500 000
Associate Member Capital Assets ≥ £100,000 and Capital Assets < £500,000
Group Members of a Voting Member's Group Capital Assets ≥ £500,000
Non-Voting Member n/a
Group Members of a Non-Voting Member's Group n/a