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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Amid mixed industry news, Ivory Coast cocoa bean arrivals still strong

For the first two months of the 2018/19 season, arrivals of main-crop cocoa beans have been reported well above last year’s levels. Total arrivals in October and November are estimated to have surpassed 675 million metric tons (MMT) of beans. Depending on whose estimates [...]

Strong early Ivory Coast arrivals reported for the 2018/19 main crop

Cumulative cocoa bean arrivals at the major Ivorian ports of San Pedro and Abidjan were estimated to total 327,000 MT as of Nov. 4, reports Reuters. Arrivals to date are thus up almost 46 percent from cumulative arrivals for the same period last season, [...]

Tracking cocoa processing for major West African origins

Never shying from ambitious goals, Ghana has in the past stated that it hopes to process half of its beans domestically, providing employment and leading to an overall enhancement of sustainability by capturing value-added margins. In theory, Ghana has the processing capacity to do [...]

Cocoa prices & politics in Ghana & Ivory Coast

While a sober review of the facts—paramount among these the weakness observed for cocoa futures—would conceivably support Ghana’s move to leave the cocoa farmgate price for the 2018/19 main crop unchanged from last season, grandstanding and political posturing on the decision is currently ubiquitous. [...]