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Record number of entries sees more vegan friendly chocolates, and products from South-East Asia, Russia and Brazil

Record number of entries sees more vegan friendly chocolates, and products from South-East Asia, Russia and Brazil This years Academy of Chocolate awards entries have seen a sharp rise in vegan-friendly chocolates and those from Russian, Brazilian and south-east Asian chocolate producers. Marking a significant shift in global chocolate making, the awards have also seen …

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Top producers honoured at Academy of Chocolate special awards

Two artisanal producers have been named as winners of the coveted Golden Bean trophy at the prestigious Academy of Chocolate Awards this year. Chocolat Madagascar, which became the first tree-to-bar producer to win the Golden Bean award in 2017, has again been successful with its single-farm ‘Ottange’ bar, made from 100% cacao. Meanwhile, Qantu, which …

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World’s most established fine chocolate awards are open for entries

The Academy of Chocolate has announced the launch of its 2021 annual awards, seeking to recognise and profile the world’s most incredible chocolates and their producers. As in previous years, chocolatiers and chocolate makers will be able to enter their products in 32 key categories. As the world’s most established chocolate awards, organisers will work …

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The Academy of Chocolate announces new board appointments

The Academy of Chocolate, an independent not-for-profit membership body that promotes real chocolate, has announced a series of new appointments within its board. Former chair and founder, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, has been appointed president of the Academy, while Chantal Coady OBE and Clive Martyr have been appointed co-chairs. As part of the move, Coady …

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Record number of gold awards for chocolate makers from across world

The Academy of Chocolate has today announced the final results of its annual competition – awarding a record number of gold accreditations to chocolate makers from across the globe.   With Covid-19 enforced restrictions delaying the judging, virtual and in-person tastings have been conducted by leading names in the chocolate sector over the course of the last eight weeks.    The 47 ‘gold’ …

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Interview with Oba Dokum Thomson (His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria)

A visionary and innovator, Oba DokumThomson (His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria), has a passion for Nigerian cacao farming. As well as advocating for better conditions for women in the cocoa industry, he is working hard to ensure it is a productive and highly-rewarding asset to local communities. We spoke …

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Entries from new producers signals continued growth of global fine chocolate sector

More than 100 new producers from almost 60 countries have entered The Academy of Chocolate Awards, marking the continued growth of chocolate producers from across the world. Debut submissions came from Bali, Estonia, Uzbekistan and Zambia, in what has been another remarkable year for the awards. As with the previous year, increased consumer awareness of …

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World’s most prestigious chocolate awards are open for entries

PRESS RELEASE 25 November 2019 The Academy of Chocolate annual awards have now opened for entries, seeking to identify and showcase the world’s most talented chocolate producers and their products. Chocolatiers and chocolate makers are able to enter multiple products across five key categories – bars, filled chocolates, drinking chocolate, chocolate spreads and brand awareness, …

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