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International Cocoa Organization Holds 107th Regular Meeting to Discuss Key Cocoa Industry Issues

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The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) recently held its 107th regular meeting of the Council and Subsidiary Bodies in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The four-day session, which was conducted in a hybrid format, saw members of the organization engaging in productive discussions on various topics regarding the global cocoa economy.

One of the key topics discussed during the meeting was the reappointment of Michel Arrion as Executive Director for a period of five years. Mr. Arrion will continue to hold this position until 30 September 2028. This appointment was confirmed by the members of the Council and Subsidiary Bodies, who believe that Mr. Arrion is the best person to lead the organization at this time.

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The upcoming World Cocoa Conference was also a major point of discussion during the meeting. The conference will take place at The Square in Brussels, Belgium, from 21-24 April 2024, and will bring together stakeholders from across the cocoa industry to discuss current issues and future trends.

Another significant topic that was discussed during the meeting was the implications of new regulatory frameworks for organic products in the European Union and the United States. Members of the organization were presented with a study on this topic, which helped to shed light on the potential impact that these frameworks could have on the cocoa sector.

The meeting also saw the presentation of the highly anticipated 4th edition of the “Pesticide use in cocoa” manual. The manual, which was jointly edited by the ICCO, ECA, CAOBISCO, and the JOINT COCOA RESEARCH FUND, will soon be available online, and provides important guidance on the use of pesticides in cocoa production.

The Council and Subsidiary Bodies approved the creation of an ICCO Expert Working Group on Food Safety, which will be tasked with developing strategies to ensure that cocoa products meet the highest standards of safety.

Finally, preparations were made for the next edition of the Ad Hoc Panel on Fine Flavour Cocoa, which will take place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 13-14 June 2023. This panel will bring together experts from across the industry to discuss the latest trends in fine flavour cocoa.

For the most part, the 107th regular meeting of the ICCO was highly productive, with members engaging in lively discussions and making valuable contributions to the global cocoa industry. The upcoming 108th regular session of the International Cocoa Council, which will take place in October 2023, is expected to build on the successes of this meeting and further advance the goals of the organization.

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