The International Cocoa Organization was presented with the 2014 grand prize of the Academie Française du Chocolat et de la Confiserie (the French Chocolate and Confectionery Academy) at a ceremony held in Paris on 13 May. Academy president Xavier Conraux presented this year’s prize to the ICCO’s director of economics, Laurent Pipitone.
The Academy comprises of 40 elected members from a number of fields in the chocolate and confectionery industries. Every year it presents awards to people and organisations that have assisted in advancing these fields.
The Academy said that the awarding of the prize recognised the work of the ICCO over many years, and in particular praised its creation of the World Cocoa and Chocolate Day. World Chocolate day takes place annually on 1 October and seeks to raise awareness of the contribution of cocoa producers in the chocolate industry chain.
Source: Confectionery Production