FCIA Innovation 2013 Globe Award 2018 Globe Award 2019 Globe Award 2020 Globe Award 2021 Globe Award 2022 Globe Award 2023


Grants and Awards:

  • 2018 - 2023: Globe Award by the Georgia Department of Economic Development for exporting to new countries
  • 2022 -2023: 10000 Small Business Program by Goldman Sachs
  • 2021: Exporter of the Year - Small Business Category from Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • 2021: Semifinalist for IFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 2018 & 2019: Semifinalist for the Manufacturer of the Year award -Small business category for Georgia
  • 2021: Completed the Women Export University program in Atlanta GA & received “Women who trade Microgrant” by City of Atlanta
  • 2017: Semifinalist for the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Grant Award
  • 2013: “Innovation in Chocolate Products” award from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.
  • 2012: Completed SBDC’s GrowSmart program & ExportGA program

Projects Around the Globe

Here is a brief list of projects that we have participated

  • Avanse project in Haiti by USAID
  • Gola Rainforest Cocoa project in Sierra Leone
  • MOCA USDA project in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • INIAP - Guittard - ANECACAO – MOCCA project in Ecuador
  • Fundación ProPetén in Guatemala
  • CNFA-LADA & UNIDO projects in Liberia by USAID
  • ACPACI-RUTA-USAID project & ACPACI Los Izalcos project in El Salvador
  • Jamaica Cocoa Farmer's Association
  • UNDP in the Dominican Republic

R&D and Training facilities using CocoaTown machines

CocoaTown's machines have been utilized for training farmers and small businesses in various cocoa research institutes and programs worldwide, including:

  • The Cacao of Excellence (formerly Cocoa of Excellence) for selecting the "Best Cocoa Beans of the World" award
  • The Cocoa Research Center at the University of West Indies in Trinidad
  • The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN)
  • The Cocoa Research Program in Ivory Coast (CNRA)
  • The Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG)
  • The World Cocoa Foundation Institute of Research for Agricultural Development in Cameroon (IRAD)
  • The Cocoa Research Lab in Indonesia
  • The CATIE lab in Costa Rica
  • Earth University in Costa Rica
  • Flavor development labs of big chocolate companies

CocoaTown in the News

  • 27 Georgia Firms Honored for Breaking Into New Export Markets

    Trevor Williams |

  • Food & Dining: A sweet Journey Around the World

    Sucheta Rawal | Khabar

  • 2023 GLOBE Awards Celebrate Georgia Exporters Across Diverse Industries

    • Sweet Success - CocoaTown is paving a path for the sustainable chocolate industry around the globe

      Sucheta Rawal | GaBiz | June 2023

    • Meet Andal Balu By Canvas Rebel

      April 17 2023 | CanvasRebel

    • Fine Chocolate Industry Association About Andal Balu

      2022 | FCIA - Linkedln