Allowing factories to import cocoa beans from other countries is an industry practice – COCOBOD

Allowing factories to import cocoa beans from other countries is an industry practice - COCOBOD
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The Ghana Cocoa Board () has issued a statement urging the public to dismiss false interpretations surrounding a recent permit granted to a local cocoa processing company for the importation of cocoa beans from Cote d'Ivoire and .

In a letter dated January 25, 2024, COCOBOD approved a request from Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Company to import 3,500 tonnes of cocoa beans from Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria. The statement emphasized that allowing factories to import cocoa beans from other countries is an industry practice.

COCOBOD clarified that all processing companies established in Ghana post-November 2001 are legally permitted to import cocoa beans for processing within the country. This practice is aimed at helping companies meet their desired recipes for chocolate production and other uses.

The statement highlighted that Ghana's cocoa is considered premium, and companies often blend it with less premium cocoa beans from other producing countries as part of cost management and operational strategy. This industry practice has been in existence for over 20 years, allowing factories to import cocoa beans from various countries, including Cote d'Ivoire, , Nigeria, and Ecuador.

Addressing concerns raised by stakeholders in the cocoa industry and others, COCOBOD emphasized that the importation of cocoa beans is a common practice and should not be misinterpreted. The board encouraged the public to ignore the misinformation circulating, particularly on platforms.

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