Our research efforts are supported by a growing network of researchers that seeks to progress social and environmental standards and improve quality in cacao and chocolate. To do this we will share news, publish research, undertake engagement activity, monitor industry data, and provide links to other organizations.

If you are interested in joining our network of researchers, either by sharing information or partnering in this work, please contact us. We are eager to collaborate!

Our research team relies on volunteer labor, interinstitutional collaboration, and philanthropic donations to fund any activity. Past and current partners in our projects include: Harvard University, Coffee Quality Institute, Lutheran World Relief, Equal Exchange/TCHO USAID Cooperative Development Project, the Brazilian government and Festival Internacional do Chocolate e Cacau, Fine Chocolate Industry Association, Coventry University, De Montfort University, Specialty Coffee Association of America, University of California-Davis, and Yellow Seed.

IMPACT OF COVID-19

1) Impact to small chocolate businesses (conducted between March 15 and 22, you can still participate in the flash poll)


2) Impact on cacao production and trade (conducted between April 2 and 19, you can still participate in the flash poll in Englishespanolfrancaisportugues)


3) Impact on pastry and chocolatier market (conducted between April 13 and May 1 in Englishespanol, francais)

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CACAO COOPERATIVE

Measuring Sustainability in Transparent

Cacao Sourcing System

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SIZING THE SPECIALTY 

CACAO- CHOCOLATE MARKET

 

One of the most consistent questions we are asked as researchers is: “Do you have any stats on the craft chocolate market?” Providing a simple answer to this question is a challenge due to the niche character of craft chocolate and specialty cacao. We continue to expand and update our research on this topic in support of painting a realistic portrait of the market.