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Importing cocoa beans for production has been industry practice for over 20 years – COCOBOD clarifies

February 4, 2024
Joseph Boahen Aidoo
COCOBOD CEO Joseph Boahen Aidoo

The Ghana Cocoa Board has addressed the misconceptions surrounding an official letter sent to Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Company Limited.

The circulating letter, which is in response to the company's request to import cocoa beans for processing in Ghana, has triggered misinformation on .

The Ghana Cocoa Board aims to clarify the situation with the following key points:

  1. All processing companies established in Ghana post-November 2001 have the legal right to import cocoa beans for processing within the country.
  2. Importing cocoa beans is a practice aimed at helping processing companies meet specific requirements for chocolate production and other uses.
  3. To manage costs and enhance operational strategies, companies often blend premium Ghana Cocoa with less premium cocoa beans from other producing countries. Ghana's cocoa is known for its premium quality.
  4. Importing cocoa beans from other countries, including but not limited to Cote d'Ivoire, , , and Ecuador, has been an industry practice for over two decades.

The Ghana Cocoa Board underscores that the leaked letter has been misinterpreted, and the public is urged to disregard any false claims.

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