Colombians look to form global cannabis hub

Some investors see great potential for cannabis production and processing in Colombia despite a few regulatory and climactic hurdles. For starters, the equator runs through Colombia, meaning warm temperatures, tropical rains, and long, sunny days, conditions that are perfect for growing cannabis plants, including [...]

Cumulative cocoa arrivals continue to lag

Ivory Coast exporters estimated cocoa bean port arrivals down 6.5 percent YOY at around 1.85 MMT from October through May. This is a shortfall of nearly 100,000 MT from the previous season. Ghana Cocobod purchases have also fallen behind last year’s pace, adding to [...]

Ivory Coast & Ghana cocoa figures estimated lower at end of April

Amid largely bearish updates on grind, potentially lower grind growth in 2019/20 could be at least partly matched by smaller West African cocoa crops. From October through April, we estimate cocoa arrivals could be down around 3 percent YOY from arrivals a year prior [...]

Ivory Coast, Ghana cocoa arrivals flat year on year

Light rains in West Africa should help tree condition, soil moisture, and pod setting and filling. Reports show atypically dry conditions overall, which is expected to further pressure the Ivorian midcrop, which could fall by an estimated 20 percent to 30 percent from the [...]

Could more African origins demand cocoa premium?

Speaking at an African investment forum, Ghana’s president made an argument for Nigeria and Cameroon to join Ivory Coast and Ghana’s cocoa market cooperation efforts. President Akufo-Addo acknowledged some “structural issues,” like Nigeria’s lack of a cocoa marketing mechanism, per The Africa Report. Both [...]

Can Ivory Coast & Ghana limit their cocoa output?

Ivory Coast raised its farmgate price 10 percent, while Ghana raised its farmgate price 8.4 percent. The market can read the announcements as a signal that the two countries are serious about coordination and cooperation. The question is whether they will have the resolve [...]

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon cocoa update

Ivory Coast arrivals reach 2.12 MMT: Arrivals through Jul. 31 reached 2.12 MMT, up 9.6 percent YOY, per CCC data. Ivorian grind totaled 455,131 MT, up 8.0 percent YOY, per GEPEX data reported by Reuters. Ghana production down from forecast: As previously reported based [...]

Cocoa breaks down to some key technical support levels

A day after the Federal Reserve cut a quarter of a point in reaction to weaker economic signs, cocoa prices continued to sag. Prices ended the last day of July hovering just above two key technical levels of support: the 200-day moving average ($2,344) [...]

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