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, [...]

Record cocoa arrivals as Ivory Coast’s main crop winds down

With one month remaining in the main crop portion of the cocoa season, Ivory Coast is on trend at this point for its third consecutive harvest topping 2 MMT. Cumulative arrivals stand at 1.5 MMT, and cumulative Oct-Jan cocoa bean exports totaled 701,530 MT, [...]

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Consumer Trends: How changes in consumer behavior impact the ingredients you buy Across the news, lifestyle magazines, and social media, every window we have into the wider world highlights a shift in our taste for what we eat and drink. We could well [...]

Ivory Coast’s cocoa bean arrivals still tell bearish story

Early arrivals of the 2018/19 cocoa bean main crop for Ivory Coast were estimated consistently up from the previous season’s arrivals, meeting some skepticism. The trade cautioned that gains early in October and November might prove illusory, caused by the selling of beans that [...]

West African weather more favorable for midcrop cocoa

Major West African cocoa origins seem to have dodged what some had thought would be a harsher Harmattan season; instead, Ivory Coast and Ghana have seen the sort of mix of sunshine and rains that typically supports higher bean production. In this case, 2018/19 [...]

Muted quarterly growth for cocoa bean grind in Europe, Asia, & North America

ECA reported cocoa grind for Q4 2018 at 359,103 MT, up 1.6 percent from grind in Q4 2017, marking the eighth straight quarter of YOY growth. From 2015 through 2018, in fact, only three quarters showed YOY declines: Q1 2015, Q1 2016, and Q4 [...]

Official figures for Ivory Coast cocoa bean arrivals through November

Per the Coffee and Cocoa Counsel (CCC), arrivals for the 2018/19 main crop in October and November totaled more than 725,800 MT of beans, a figure well above trade estimates for that period. The volume of arrivals at major Ivorian ports for those two [...]