American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI)
The American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization that was founded in 1947. It is the research arm of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association of America (CMA) and is devoted to research in all scientific areas related to cocoa and chocolate.
ACRI Members include some of the world's largest chocolate manufacturers |Members|. ACRI's research network is global and has contacts in most cacao producing countries. Currently, ACRI sponsors cacao research in a number of growing countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Trinidad, Malaysia, Cote d'Ivoire and Indonesia.
In addition to Dr. Fred Shank, Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Carol Knight, Vice President, International Cocoa Research and Myrna Parker Morris, Executive Assistant, ACRI has an agronomic cacao expert, B.K. Matlick on its team, as well as access to key industry cacao experts in its member companies | ACRI Offices |. These experts have technical skills in virtually all of the scientific areas related to cacao growing and chocolate processing.
ACRI is composed of Three Working Groups (WG) that are linked together under an overall Scientific Committee:
The Scientific Committee has the task of improving technical knowledge in scientific areas related to cocoa, including biotechnology, cacao agronomic research, cocoa processing, health, nutrition, and safety.
Recently, a new program on "Sustainable Cocoa Growing" has been developed to help assure a future sustainable supply of cocoa for the industry.
| Sustainable Cocoa Program | This program advocates an integrated approach to cacao growing, and encompasses five key areas:
The program plans to catalyze action in these areas by working in partnership with international funding agencies, government bodies, and research institutes with common / shared goals.
- Smallholder economics
- | Pests and diseases |
- Cacao breeding
- New growing regions / countries.
Mission Statement of the ACRI Scientific Committee:
ACRI's mission is to:
- Improve technical leadership in support of ACRI in all scientific areas related to cocoa, from cacao trees to finished products;
- Monitor, generate and support research in the biotechnology of cacao to improve its production and quality, particularly through the Biotechnology Program at Pennsylvania State University;
- Monitor, generate and support scientific research on cacao products and ingredients to better understand their impact on health and to help promote cocoa and chocolate products;
- Ensure a sustainable and geographically diverse supply of good quality cocoa with emphasis on economic, social and environmental factors;
- Ensure that technology transfer is encouraged by efficient dissemination of results of ACRI programs for the benefit of suppliers and customers; and
- Ensure proper integration of effort with other domestic and worldwide industry groups.
Managing ACRI's scientific activities is the responsibility of the ACRI Scientific Committee and its three Working Groups on Biotechnology, Health and Science and Sustainable Cocoa Supply.
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This web page last updated on: December 20th, 1999