Abidjan, 23 September 2021The International Cocoa Council and subsidiary bodies, including the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy and the Economics and Administration and Finance Committees, will meet by videoconference between September 27 and October 1, 2021.

This information is restricted to ICCO Members. Please go to Member area for more information.

Provisional Timetable of Meetings, 27 September – 01 October 2021, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Videoconference


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104th International Cocoa Council – Draft Agenda


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42nd Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy – Draft Agenda


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17th Economics Committee – Draft Agenda


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20th Administration and Finance Committee – Draft Agenda


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The International Cocoa Organization is pleased to announce that the greatly expanded and improved World Cocoa Directory is now available in printed and online editions.

The new edition of the Directory, last published in 2016, now contains over 4,500 entries, including 282 new entries and 1,216 amendments, to provide the most up-to-date guide to cocoa and chocolate companies and organizations worldwide.

Reflecting both the Organization’s comprehensive connections within the cocoa and chocolate industry, and a great deal of thorough research, the new Directory includes full contact details as well as indexes based on both geography and activity category for the thousands of organizations included.

World Cocoa Directory 2019/2020

World Cocoa Directory 2019/2020

Activity categories in this new edition include :

  • Trade and Industry Associations, Government bodies and NGOs
  • Associations of farmers, smallholders and cooperatives
  • Carriers and Transport Lines, as well shipping brokers
  • Certification bodies and suppliers of certified cocoa
  • Chocolate manufacturers, chocolatiers and artisanal chocolate makers
  • Chocolate and confectionery distributors and suppliers                
  • Exporters of raw and semi-finished cocoa from origin countries
  • Fumigation, pesticides and fertiliser suppliers and services
  • Trade and industry publications, consultants and other cocoa sector information resources
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of cocoa processing and handling plant and machinery, including allied quality instrumentation, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of chocolate and confectionery production equipment
  • Suppliers of industrial packaging, systems and components for cocoa beans, cocoa products and semi-processed chocolate, including bagging lines, sacks and container liners, as well as suppliers of retail packaging machinery and products
  • Processors of cocoa beans into semi-finished products, suppliers of semi-finished products to industry, processors and suppliers of cocoa by-products and processors of semi-finished cocoa products into chocolate confectionery
  • Cocoa research institutions, chocolate and cocoa museums and universities involved in cocoa research
  • Superintendents of cocoa and quality inspection services
  • Importers, traders and brokers of physical cocoa as well as futures brokers and traders, insurance companies and banks and law firms specialized in commodity and international trading
  • Warehouse keepers, port authorities, port facilities suppliers, port operators, providers of dessicants and buyers of damaged cargoes 

The printed edition of the World Cocoa Directory 2019/2020 is very easy to use, with a traditional alphabetical listing and two indexes (by country and by activity category) and as such is the ideal tool to facilitate contact business contacts and opportunities and present a fascinating 360 degree view of the world’s cocoa and chocolate industry. This version comes in a hand-bound, hard cover edition, with clear text on hard-wearing silk paper, and very much a luxury item at 390 per copy, which includes express courier charges worldwide

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Generous discounts are given for multiple copy sales, and further details of these are available from Philippe Pestelle at the ICCO (pestelle.philippe@icco.org).

Abidjan, 31 August 2020 – The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the current 2019/20 cocoa year and estimates for 2018/19 of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans, summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 3 – Volume XLVI – Cocoa Year 2019/20 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the beginning of August 2020.

Summary of revised forecasts and estimates

Cocoa year
2018/2019 2019/2020 Year-on-year change
forecasts a/
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4,780
4,750 4,724
– 56 – 1.2%
World grindings 4,784
– 149 – 3.1%
Surplus/deficit b/ – 52 – 80
– 42
End-of-season stocks 1,718
– 42 – 2.4%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 35.9% 34.2% 38%

a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLVI – No. 2 –  Cocoa year 2019/20
b/   Surplus/deficit: net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised forecasts for the 2019/20 cocoa year, as well as data for the past four years of production and grindings of cocoa beans, detailed by country. The cover page as well as the content of the Bulletin have been redesigned to contain several illustrations. Besides the global market illustrations in graphs, for visualization purposes, the information in each section has also been captured in a number of maps, pie charts and Sankey diagrams. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, and a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the April-June quarter of 2020.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2016/17 to 2018/19 and quarterly statistics for the period July-September 2018 to January-March 2020. Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade by country and by region, for the period 2010/11 to 2018/19 are presented for reference.

Go to our online shop and order your copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format.