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PRESS RELEASE For media interviews, contact: Kojo Hayford, Founder and Event Director, Ghana Cocoa Awards:

PRESS RELEASE For media interviews, contact: Kojo Hayford, Founder and Event Director, Ghana Cocoa Awards: cocoa.gca@gmail.com

GHANA COCOA AWARDS, ACCRA GHANA (13 November 2019) – Following a selection and evaluation process of 161 entries submitted from various actors in the Ghana Cocoa value chain, the following entrants have been shortlisted for the historic first edition of the Ghana Cocoa Awards scheduled for Friday 22 nd November 2019 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra Ghana. The Ghana Cocoa Awards Jury is presently working around the clock to deliver the ultimate winners for all categories to be announced ONLY at the Awards Gala Night, which starts 6PM prompt.

The Ghana Cocoa Awards secretariat is pleased to announce the finalists for the historic first Ghana Cocoa Awards, happening on Friday 22 November 2019 at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

The finalists are drawn from a total of 161 entries filed by individuals, companies and institutions operating within the Ghana cocoa value chain.

Over 30 awards are up for grabs in various categories including Agro Input, Processing, Manufacturing, Packaging and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Media, Consumption promotion, Sustainability and Leadership.

The coveted top award of the Night is the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Personality of the Year.

Some organisations and individuals are also set to receive Honorary Recognition in the Special Awards category for their stellar contribution to premium Ghana cocoa brand.

GCA is an independent scheme that recognises and celebrates outstanding achievements in the Ghana cocoa value chain, annually.

The Awards Gala Night, a gathering of the crème de la crème of industry and beyond, offers unparalleled networking opportunity, shines the spotlight on great works, celebrates excellence and etches the names of winners in the annals of the global cocoa industry.

Ghana Cocoa Awards (GCA) is powered by VC Media and supported by ECOM Ghana, Solidaridad West Africa, Fairtrade Africa, Hershey’s, RMG and AMP Logistics.

We recognise by this initiative that it is the hard work and dedication of the Ghanaian cocoa farmer working in concert with industry that delivers the peerless world- acclaimed premium quality Ghana Cocoa, hence this initiative to honour them.

Ghana’s cocoa sector is said to contribute about US$2billion annually to the country’s economy touching

Ghana’s cocoa sector is said to contribute about US$2billion annually to the country’s economy touching very critical aspect of national development namely, finance, infrastructure, education, health and nutrition, among others.

According to the industry regulator, Ghana Cocoa Board, the agro commodity offers direct employment to about 800 thousand Ghanaians and provides a livelihood for some 6 million more.

Signed.

KOJO HAYFORD Founder

GHANA COCOA AWARDS 2019 FINALISTS 1. MOST FORMALISED COCOA COOPERATIVE OF THE YEAR § KO

GHANA COCOA AWARDS 2019 FINALISTS

1. MOST FORMALISED COCOA COOPERATIVE OF THE YEAR

§ KO EYELE COOPERATIVE COCOA FARMERS

§ KUKUOM AGL COOPERATIVE COCOA FARMERS

§ BIA WEST COOPERATIVE COCOCA FARMERS

§ ASUNAFO NORTH COCOA COOPERATIVE

§ COCOA ABRABOPA ASSOCIATION

2. COCOA SUSTAINABILITY LITERACY AWARD (ESSAY CONTEST)

LOIS OSEI-SEKYERE ABURI GIRLS’ SHS

JULLIET DONKOH BREMAN ASIKUMA SHS

PATRICK ELORM AMEEVOR MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL

3. COCOA REPORTING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

INA-THALIA QUANSAH JOY NEWS

EDWARD ADJEI FRIMPONG BUSINESS & FINANTIAL TIMES

MAXWELL AKALAARE ADOMBILA DAILY GRAPHIC

JUSTICE BAIDOO JOY NEWS

DR. EDWARD AMPORFUL COCOBOD

4. LICENSED BUYING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

AGROECOM GHANA LTD

NYONKOPA COCOA BUYING COMPANY

5. BEST HAULIER OF THE YEAR

§ AMP LOGISTICS GHANA LTD

§ KITEKO GHANA LTD

6. AGRO INPUT OF THE YEAR - FERTILIZER

§ YARA

§ OMNIFERT

§ BEGREEN ORGANIC

7. AGRO INPUT OF THE YEAR - CHEMICALS

§ RMG GHANA LTD

§ ROCKSTAR (CROP DOCTOR GHANA LTD)

8. AGRO INPUT OF THE YEAR - FARM IMPLEMENT § COCOA ABOYE § SHARP POWER

8. AGRO INPUT OF THE YEAR - FARM IMPLEMENT

§ COCOA ABOYE

§ SHARP POWER 4T (CROP DOCTOR GHANA LTD)

9. TERTIARY COCOA PROCESSING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

§ NICHE COCOA INDUSTRY LTD

§ COCOA PROCESSING COMPANY LTD

1 0 . ARTISANAL COCOA PROCESSING COMPANY

DECOKRAFT LTD

MI - COCOA (OHENE COCOA)

11 . CHOCOLATE BRAND OF THE YEAR (LARGE SCALE)

NICHE CHOCOLATE

GOLDEN TREE

12 . CHOCOLATE BRAND OF THE YEAR (ARTISANAL)

DECOKRAFT CHOCOLATE DECOKRAFT LTD

BOSS BAKER CHOCOLATE COOKI E DAILY FOOD LTD

ADANSI BAR ADANSI SWEET COMPANY

13 . COCOA BEVERAGE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

GOLDCOAST NATURAL COCOA POWDER

KOA COCOA JUICE TASTE COCOA GHANA

COCOA FRUIT JUICE VOLTA WINERY

ALLTIME COCOA DRINK CPC

14 . COCOA COSMETICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

BEAUTY SECRETS SOLUTIONS OASIS LTD

COCOA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF GHANA (CRIG)

15 . MOST INNOVATIVE COCOA PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

ADANSI BAR

KOA COCOA JUICE

COCOA WINE (VOLTA WINERY)

OHENE COCOA ECOTOURISM

16 . PACKAGING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR • GOLDCOAST NATURAL COCOA POWDER • BOSS BAKER

16 . PACKAGING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

GOLDCOAST NATURAL COCOA POWDER

BOSS BAKER CHOCOLATE COOKIE

OHENE COCOA PREMIUM COCOA NIBS

COCOA WINE (VOLTA WINERY)

NICHE CHOCOLATE

17 . COMMUNITY ENERGY INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

§ ZOLA (ZEGHA ENERGY LTD)

§ NYONKOPA COCOA BUYING LTD

18 . RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR

MICHAEL HINNEH GHENT UNIVERSITY, BELGIUM

COCOA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF GHANA (CRIG)

SHARP POWER 4T (CROP DOCTOR)

19 . TECHNOLOGY FOR COCOA VALUE CHAIN OF THE YEAR

FARMLOGICS TECHNOLOGIES PVT LTD

TASTE COCOA GHANA

EMPOWER (ECOM GHANA)

COCOA ABOYE

20 . COCOA CONSUMPTION PROMOTION AMBASSADOR

NANA ADUNA II CEO, MI- COCOA (OHENE COCOA)

DR EDWARD AMPORFUL CHIEF PHARMACIST, COCOA CLINIC (COCOBOD)

HON. JOSEPH BOAHEN AIDOO CHIEF EXECUTIVE, GHANA COCOA BOARD

21 . COCOA NGO OF THE YEAR

COCOA360

SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA

2 2 . COCOA SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

§ FAIRTRADE AFRICA

§ MASO YOUTH PROGRAMME

§ OTUMFO AGROECOM MOBILE LEARNING PROJECT

§ NYONKOPA COCOA BUYING

§ COCOA LIFE (MONDELEZ)

2 3 . SUSTAINABILITY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

YAA PEPRAH AMEKUDZI COUNTRY LEAD, COCOA LIFE (MONDELEZ)

ISAAC GYAMFI REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA

OLGA GORMALOVA HEAD OF PROJECTS, AGROECOM GHANA LTD

2 4 . COCOA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR • MICHAEL ZORMELO CEO, OMNI ENERGY LTD

2 4 . COCOA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

MICHAEL ZORMELO CEO, OMNI ENERGY LTD

AKUA OBENEWAA DONKOR CEO, DECOKRAFT LIMITED

NANA ADUNA II CEO, MI- COCOA (OHENE COCOA)

HARRISON PAUL ADJIMAH FOUNDER, VOLTA WINERY

EDMUND POKU CEO, NICHE COCOA INDUSTRY LTD

25 . THE TETTEH QUARSHIE COCOA PERSONALITY

HON. ABRAHAM DWUMA ODOOM MP, TWIFO ATTI MORKWA CONSTITUENCY (CR)

ISAAC GYAMFI REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA

HON. JOSEPH BOAHEN AIDOO CHIEF EXECUTIVE, GHANA COCOA BOARD

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