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.
The 2014 Americas Merit Awards were nominated by the Americas International Chocolate Awards Partner, Maricel Presilla. Read more about our Grand Jury here.
Fine Chocolate Consultancy
Leadership role in international cacao evaluation and manufacturing processes.
Fine Chocolate Retailing
Lauren Adler, Chocolopolis
Creative support of US craft chocolate makers.
Diego Badaro, Amma Chocolate
Creative use of cacao relative Theobroma grandiflorum.
Fine Cacao and Chocolate Pioneers
Jorge Redmond Schlageter, Chocolates El Rey
Country branding, single-origin cacao sourcing and fine chocolate manufacturing in Venezuela.
Mott Green Memorial Award for Sustainable Cacao Cooperatives
Adding value to regional cacao through artisanal chocolate manufacturing.
Cacao Research Award
Dr. Enrique Arévalo Gardini
Outstanding contribution to cacao agriculture and cacao genetic improvement at the ICT.