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  • September 21, 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Though deforestation performed to create space for cacao farming continues to have a significant negative impact on climate change, there are possible ways that cacao farming can affect the climate in a positive way. 

    "According to a new study, growing cacao beans under the canopies of various trees left intact at plantations not only boosts yields. It can also increase trees’ capacity for carbon storage and sequestration, which can help us in our fight against climate change."

    Read more: "Shade-growing cacao can help mitigate climate change," Sustainability Times.

  • September 16, 2020 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join CocoaTown for a guided tour of the bean to bar chocolate making process with Chef Erika Cline on Monday Sept 21st 10 am - 12 Noon Atlanta Time.  This webinar is perfect for those who want to start a bean to bar business, who are just starting out or chocoholics who just want to know how chocolate is made from cocoa beans.

    To learn more and register for this free event visit Changing Your Life Story Through Chocolate

  • September 02, 2020 12:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FCIA is hosting a webinar on B-Corporations this month and this article is great reading in preparation for our Sept 24th webinar. Here is the link to the article

    Sign up for the webinar here.

  • September 01, 2020 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FCIA Executive Director, Bill Guyton was recently quoted about the impact climate change is having on cacao and chocolate. Read the full article here.

  • August 29, 2020 7:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kalona Brand Company, LLC (“Kalona”) is selling a vertically integrated sustainable agricultural venture on Oahu’s North Shore focusing on growing cacao, ʻulu, and avocado to create value added food products including premium Hawaiian chocolate bars for both local and off-island markets. The 222-acre farm is designed to produce measurable environmental and community benefits. Please view the attached listing with details here:

    Farm For Sale (3).pdf

  • August 25, 2020 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FCIA is seeking a fall intern to draft proposals, identify new funding opportunities, assist with the preparation and hosting of weekly webinars, participate and take notes during committee calls, assist in drafting and posting social media, review and edit progress reports. The intern may also assist in other tasks as needed. We have extended the application deadline to August 31st. A full description is attached below.  


  • August 13, 2020 11:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From September 21-24, the SFA will host its new virtual event, Specialty Food Live! 2020. SFA members are invited to exhibit in this live marketplace and connect with buyers online in real time. As an exhibitor, you can:
    • Set up digital showrooms that buyers will visit to see your products; use videos, pdfs and other content to promote multiple products and brands.
    • Be matched to vetted and approved buyers looking for your specific product types.
    • Participate in virtual tastings facilitated by SFA, with products sent to buyers ahead of time. (Limited availability.)
    • Hold in-event video meetings with interested buyers.
    Learn more here and register
  • August 07, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fine Cacao and Chocolate Events calendar link

  • August 07, 2020 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chocolate Alliance is offering programming on topics that may be of interest. A link with details is available here

  • August 07, 2020 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The attached link below contains the job description.

    The Chocolate Season BakerChocolatierOpeningphone number.docx

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