The ICCO constantly follows and analyses the world cocoa market. Each quarter, recent developments in the market are reviewed, together with longer-term trends and forecasts. Any findings resulting from studies and analyses are subsequently translated into recommendations and action.
The genus Theobroma originated millions of years ago in South America, to the east of the Andes. Find out all about growing, harvesting, processing, trading and shipping cocoa from our overview of the industry. We also list the companies that are world's largest chocolate manufacturers.
The ICCO's Monthly Review of the Cocoa Market Situation reports on the latest developments on the international cocoa futures markets, as well as on the supply and demand for cocoa beans and other factors influencing the cocoa trade and current prices.
|Previous Prices||16 May 2013||15 May 2013|
|ICCO daily price (SDRs/tonne)||1558.36||1588.07|
|ICCO daily price (US$/tonne)||2323.33||2366.77|
|London futures (£ sterling/tonne)||1534.00||1570.67|
|New York futures (US$/tonne)||2302.33||2348.33|
In a meaningful concept of sustainability, consumption is of equal importance to production. The complement to sustainable production is sustainable consumption, or rather, securing the continuation of a steady increase in cocoa and chocolate consumption, as well as the sustainable conversion of cocoa beans into semi-finished and final products for the consumer.
The ICCO regularly analyses trends in consumption as part of its study of the world cocoa market, and the latest edition of its report on the entire market is available for download here. More short-term market analyses, concentrating on grindings, are available by clicking the Statistics tab and looking at the Grindings or Monthly Review options.
Food health and nutritional attributes have, in recent years, been of increasing concern to consumers as well as to food and health authorities. Developments in obesity, including those among children, have highlighted the importance of diet and a healthy lifestyle. The ICCO has devised an inventory of the positive health and nutritional attributes of cocoa and chocolate. This inventory concludes in a comprehensive and correct manner the clear message that chocolate, when consumed in moderation, can form part of a wholesome, well balanced, healthy and nutritional diet. You can find the inventory on health and nutrition here.