Cocoa beans are the seeds of the cocoa tree. Its botanical name is Theobroma Cacao. Ghana is the world’s second-largest cocoa producer after Cote d’Ivoire, and it exports its cocoa beans to countries like China, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Even though Ghana sometimes exports the cocoa beans in its raw state, there are a number of companies in Ghana that process cocoa beans into finished and semi-finished goods. They include
Cocoa Processing Company Limited
Cocoa Processing Company Limited is located at Tema. It was established in 1965 and was incorporated as a limited liability company on 30th November 1981. It was listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange on 14th February 2003.
They process premium Ghanaian cocoa beans without blending them with any other product. Their products meet international quality standards, and it comprises two cocoa factories and a confectionery factory.
The factory deals with about 65,000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans annually. Their products include chocolate bars (kingsbite, cafe chocolate, golden tree, etc.), chocolate dragee(pebbles), chocolate spread (choco delight), chocolate drink powder, cocoa butter, etc.
Cocoa Touton Processing Company
Cocoa Touton is one of the leading agro-industrial companies in Ghana. They have 150 years of experience producing high-quality products, and they are located in about six other countries. The company employs over 900 workers in 4 continents.
It is located in Tema. It processes cocoa beans and cocoa liquor, and they produce cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, and cocoa powder. They partner with the World Cocoa Foundation, International Cocoa Initiative, Federation of Cocoa Commerce, and the European Cocoa Association.
AFROTROPIC Cocoa Processing Company Ltd
This is a Ghanaian company that produces quality cocoa products, and their main products are cocoa liquor and cocoa butter. It was established in 2005 and is located off the Spintex Road Roundabout in Accra.
They export products such as pure prime pressed cocoa butter, natural cocoa powder, flavored cocoa powder, and alkalized cocoa powder, among many to countries like the United States, France, Netherlands, England, China, Singapore, and Bulgaria.
Their head office is on the 9th, 10th, and 11th floors of the Export Trade House, Liberation Road, opposite the Cedi House in Accra.
Mi-Cocoa Ltd (Ohene Coxoa)
OHENE cocoa was established in 2018 and is located at Frank Gilbert Street in Accra. They are in partnership with the African Cocoa and Chocolate Expo, the Cocoa Post, Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana, and the Ghana Cocoa Awards, among many. Their products include cocoa nibs, cocoa crunch, chocolate bars, bonbons, chocolate husk tea, and cocoa wine.
CHOCOMAC Ghana Limited
This company was established in 2008. It is located at the Heavy Industrial Area, Free Zone Enclave, 4th Montreal Street in Tema. The company has an annual throughput of 12,500 metric tonnes of cocoa beans. They process the cocoa beans into a cocoa mass that is then exported mainly to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. They produce cocoa mass or liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa cake, and cocoa powder.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Cocoa processing companies in Ghana;
How much cocoa does Ghana export?
Exports In 2019, Ghana exported $1.61B in Cocoa Beans, making it the 2nd largest exporter of Cocoa Beans in the world. At the same year, Cocoa Beans was the 3rd most exported product in Ghana.
Where can a cocoa processing industry be found in Ghana?
Ghana’s cocoa cultivation, however, is noted within the developing world to be one of the most modelled commodities and valuables. Cocoa production occurs in the country’s forested areas: Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central Region, Eastern Region, Western Region, and Volta, where rainfall is 1,000–1,500 millimeters per year.
Where is the most of Ghana’s raw cocoa processed?
Among the cocoa processing factories in Ghana are top global cocoa processors Barry Callebaut, Cargill and Olam. Only two Ghanaian owned factories, the state dominated Cocoa Processing Company (Golden Tree brand) and Niche Cocoa, make chocolate for the domestic consumer market.
How much is a tonne of cocoa in Ghana?
Ghana maintains Cocoa Producer Price at ¢660 per bag for 2021/2022 season. Government has maintained the Cocoa Producer Price of ¢10,560 per metric ton for the new cocoa crop season which takes effect from October 8 2021.
How much do cocoa farmers get paid in Ghana?
This fell to 16% in the 1980s and today farmers receive around 6% of the value. Cocoa farmers in Ghana now make roughly $1 a day (this often includes being subsidised by the Ghanaian government). Those in Côte d’Ivoire make around $0.78 a day.
In this article, we highlighted the cocoa processing companies in Ghana.
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