International Forum – Cocoa & Chocolate 2020-02-25T11:09:49+01:00

Do you work in the cocoa and chocolate industry?
We hope that you didn’t miss our BtoB event!

Salon du Chocolat has organized the second edition of

International Forum – Cocoa & Chocolate

on Friday 14th February, 2020 – 10am – 2pm

Because business was booming too, with the success of the second International Forum – Cocoa & Chocolate which brought more than 100 participants to debate the issues and opportunities for the industry. This event is now more than ever a major opportunity for professionals to shed light on the most pressing issues for the chocolate sector. The event saw two hard-hitting round tables, with eleven panellists.

The aim was to introduce an international event that is useful and necessary to everyone involved in the cocoa and chocolate industry and to position Brussels as the European Capital of Chocolate. The Forum was set up at a central point in the Show and accommodated one hundred members of the industry.
Conferences were moderated by journalist Thomas de Bergeyck


11:00 Creating a sustainable cocoa value chain

His Excellency Mr Abou Dosso, Ivory Coast Ambassador to the European Union
Alexander De Croo– Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation
Michel Arrion
– Executive Director, ICCO (International Cocoa Organization)
Carla Montesi – Director at the European Commission’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation
Sylvestre Awono – Group Cacao Manager, Puratos
Els Haelterman – Senior Project Manager, Beyond Chocolate/IDH
Frederic Janssens – Gourmet Global Brand Manager, Callebaut

12:30 Building a successful export strategy for a chocolate brand

Laurent Lamberts – Head of Export Business Unit, hub.brussels / the Brussels Agency for Business Support
Salvatore Ianello – CEO, Galler
Filip Van de Vyver – Sales & Marketing Director, Jules Destrooper
Philipp de Sellliers – CEO, Leonidas