Strong Ivory Coast midcrop cocoa arrivals continue trend

Arrivals from October through April are thought to be above 1.84 MMT, some 200,000 MT higher than arrivals for the same period last season. This marks a 12 to 14 percent increase from last season, depending on the baseline figures used. In the last [...]

Cocoa demand, chocolate growth behind strong Q1 grind

While the world may not run out of chocolate as many predicted in 2013, strong growth in demand is limiting surpluses driven by record crops. Expansion in grind has been registered across most of the major reporting regions over the past three years. Earlier [...]

Short covering rally sets speculative bull trap in cocoa

Despite continued strong arrivals and signs of record West Africa main crop, cocoa prices turned higher over the past week in technically-led trading. Arrival figures from Ivory Coast through the end of March are approaching 1.7 MMT, well ahead of historical norm. The Harmattan [...]

Ivory Coast arrivals reach 1.70 MMT at end of March

From October through March, cocoa bean arrivals at major Ivorian ports are estimated to have reached 1.70 MMT, up some 13 percent YOY. Given weather to date and reporting from the field, midcrop output may reach at least half a million metric tons, putting [...]

Cocoa bean stocks & arrivals still look good, confirm large crop

Bean stocks in U.S. warehouses has climbed seasonally as main-crop cocoa arrivals progressed. Though still short of record levels, bean stocks are firmly within the range of the past several years and close to 4.5 million bags. Stocks of cocoa seem ample as the [...]

Chasing cocoa’s rarer—or at least redder—colors

Since its highly publicized 2017 launch, Barry Callebaut’s ruby chocolate has made its appearance in a handful of products, with some high-profile products making their debuts for Valentine’s Day this year, including on Trader Joe’s shelves. Callebaut touts pink chocolate’s fruity notes, “natural” cred, [...]