Ivory Coast main-crop cocoa arrivals still seen down year on year

From October through the end of February, 2019/20 cocoa arrivals at major Ivorian ports were reported at just under 1.62 million metric tons (MMT), per CCC. This was a decline of 2 percent from arrivals for the same period last season. From October through [...]

Q3 grind releases show mixed results for cocoa

Halfway through October, Q3 grind results are hitting the cocoa market. To an extent, we are seeing a continuation of the previous quarter’s trend that saw rapid expansion of processing across Asia and a slowdown for Western Europe and America. Preceding the regional reports, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

European cocoa grind shows robust 2018/19 growth

European cocoa grind from July through September reached 363,122 MT, reported ECA this week. This volume is up 2.7 percent from grind volume of 353,455 MT for the same quarter last year. While this gain is significant—particularly compared to the grind declines reported for [...]