Cocoa industry - statistics & facts

The cocoa bean, also referred to as cocoa, is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa oil are extracted. The "beans" are the essential ingredient for chocolate and cacao products. Products received from cocoa beans are not only used in chocolates, but also in a wide range of food products. Global cocoa production is expected to reach about five million tons in the 2021/2022 crop year. In recent years, the price of cocoa is well over two U.S. dollars per kilogram..

Leading cocoa producers

The cocoa tree is native to the Americas. It originally comes from Central America as well as some parts of Mexico. Today, nearly 70 percent of the world cacao is grown in Africa. In 2020/2021, the production of cocoa beans in Africa was estimated to be some four million metric tons, more than half of which, around 2.2 million tons, was produced on the Ivory Coast.

Cocoa processing

The Netherlands and Côte d'Ivoire were the two biggest processors of cocoa beans worldwide. In the fiscal year of 2020/21, Côte d'Ivoire processed approximately 620,000 tons of cocoa beans. The global cocoa processing market was valued at about 12.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 and is forecasted to reach 14.6 billion dollars by 2027. Alone in Europe almost 1.46 million tons of cocoa beans were processed in 2021.

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