Merit Awards recognise exceptional service or contributions to the fine chocolate World and are chosen by the regional or national partner of each competition in conjunction with the Awards organisers.
Outstanding Service to the Fine Chocolate Industry
For unique and generous behind the scenes support for fine cacao projects.
Bean to Chocolatier Award
Cynthia Leung and David Castellan, SoMA chocolatemaker
For industry leading integrated Bean to Bar Factory and Boutique Chocolate Retail Operation.
Innovative Chocolate Marketing
Sunita de Tourreil, Chocolate Garage
For unique and creative support for US craft chocolate makers.
Harold Schmitz, Senior Science Officer, Mars
For outstanding contribution to health research in cacao
Women in Chocolate
For her work as a veteran chocolatier, leading the way for women working in fine chocolate
Cacao Quality Award
Rizek Cacao CxA
For their outstanding service to cacao quality and post harvest techniques in the Dominican Republic.
Mott Green Memorial Award for Sustainable Cacao Cooperatives
Edmond Brown of Grenada Chocolate Company
The honorary first award recognises the work of Edmond Brown in helping to create a model that takes cacao farmers beyond a commodity, adding value through producing finished cacao/chocolate products.
For 2014 the International Chocolate Awards will take applications and recommendations for small cacao cooperatives helping to make a difference in their community through cacao quality and creating value added products such as cocoa liquor or finished chocolate.