Abidjan, 16 December 2020 During the celebration of its 34th Special Session, the International Cocoa Council has amended the Annex “C” of the ICA, 2010 in application of Rule 24 Reconsideration of a decision of the Administrative Rules of the ICCO. This Annex “C” replaces the previous version approved by the Council at its 102nd regular session in September 2020.

 

Countries Share of total exports of the country classified as fine and flavour cocoa
Belize a/
Bolivia a/
Brazil 100%
Colombia 95%
Costa Rica 100%
Dominica 100%
Dominican Republic 60%
Ecuador 75%
Grenada 100%
Guatemala 75%
Haiti 75%
Honduras a/
Indonesia 10%
Jamaica 100%
Madagascar 100%
Mexico a/
Nicaragua 100%
Panama 50%
Papua New Guinea 70%
Peru 75%
Saint Lucia 100%
São Tomé and Principé a/
Trinidad and Tobago 100%
Venezuela, Bolivarian Rep. of a/
Vietnam a/

Notes:
a/ Fine or Flavour cocoa bean exports are present, but the Panel is not able at this time to evaluate and
determine a percentage.

Abidjan, 16 Decembre 2020.  The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) hereby issues a call for expressions of interest for the appointment of an external auditing firm.

The specific services envisaged under this tender are as follows:

  • To produce an annual audit report certifying the accounts for the period from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021;
  • Eventually, to produce annual audit reports for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 financial years.

The ICCO invites interested firms to submit applications for the provision of the services indicated above. Click on the below links for the terms of reference for this tender.

Eligibility criteria, the drawing up of a shortlist and the selection procedure implemented will be in accordance with current ICCO practices in terms of both the suitability of candidates and the range of countries from which such firms may apply.

Any applications not meeting the following requirements will be declared null and void: five (5) copies of the application must be placed in sealed envelopes, which must in turn be placed within a further envelope addressed as follows:

To the Executive Director, International Cocoa Organization

“AUDITING OF ACCOUNTS”

Each application will comprise four (4) separate sections:

  1. A letter of application addressed to the Executive Director of the International Cocoa Organization;
  2. Administrative data, including the details of the firm (company name, company address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, name and address of the person in charge, field of activity, legal status) and administrative documents confirming the firm’s legal existence (entry in Companies Register, registration of identity for tax purposes [for companies which have been active for less than 18 months], and certificate showing full compliance with fiscal requirements);
  3. Technical data, including information relating to skills and experience of the team in charge of the audit of the ICCO, showing that the firm’s staff are fully qualified to provide the services required (documents, references from organizations to which similar services are or have been provided, experience in comparable appointments, availability of qualified staff, etc.);
  4. An indication of the total fees to be charged for the services provided (in Euros or in CFA Francs).

Applications should be delivered by hand, with no payment of application fees, to the Office of the Executive Director, at the ICCO headquarters whose address is indicated below, no later than Friday 05 February 2021 at 14:00 GMT.

Organisation Internationale du Cacao.

À l’attention de : Monsieur le Directeur Exécutif

Immeuble ICCO, 2-Plateaux Vallon-ENA, Avenue Boga Doudou

06 BP 1166 ABIDJAN 06, Côte d’Ivoire

Applications and any request for further information may also be sent to the following e-mail address: auditandrevision@icco.org

The name of the successful firm will be published in May 2021, following approval of the appointment by the International Cocoa Council.

 

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Abidjan, 02 December 2020 – The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised estimates of world production, grindings, and stocks of cocoa beans for the 2019/20 and 2018/19 cocoa years, summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 4 – 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 November 2020.

In order to generate more value-added information for the cocoa sector and to provide its readers with a better user experience, the new Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics has been totally rebranded with a more visual and user-friendly design, for a better and faster understanding of the data by its readers. Besides graphical illustrations of the global market, for visualization purposes, the information in each section also has been captured in several maps, pie charts and Sankey diagrams. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on crop and demand developments in the leading countries and a review of price movements on international markets for cocoa beans during the 2019/20 season. Furthermore, the document contains a valuable annex with historical data updated on a quarterly basis by the Organization’s Statistics Section.

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 destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting countries are also provided.

Summary of revised estimates

 

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2018/2019 2019/2020 Year-on-year change
Revised
estimates
Previous
estimates a/
Revised
estimates
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4,784
4,724 4,697
– 87 – 1.8%
World grindings 4,784
4,635
4,631
– 153 – 3.2%
Surplus/deficit b/ – 48 +42 +19
 
End-of-season stocks 1,722
1,760
1,741
+ 19 + 1.1%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 36.0% 38% 37.6%

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLVI – No. 3 –  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.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, in Microsoft Excel and Adobe PDF formats, can be now ordered from the new ICCO eShop: www.icco.org/shop

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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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
(Oct-Sep)
2018/2019 2019/2020 Year-on-year change
Revised
estimates
Previous
forecasts a/
Revised
forecasts
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4,780
4,750 4,724
– 56 – 1.2%
World grindings 4,784
4,783
4,635
– 149 – 3.1%
Surplus/deficit b/ – 52 – 80
– 42
 
End-of-season stocks 1,718
1,638
1,760
– 42 – 2.4%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 35.9% 34.2% 38%

Notes:
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.

Abidjan, 29 May 2020 – The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the 2019/20 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for the 2018/19 cocoa year. The data published in Issue No. 2 – 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 May 2020.

Summary of revised forecasts and estimates

 

Cocoa year
(Oct-Sep)
2018/2019 2019/2020 Year-on-year change
Revised
estimates
Previous
forecasts a/
Revised
forecasts
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World production 4,780
4,824 4,750
– 30 – 0.63%
World grindings 4,784
4,861
4,783
– 1 – 0.02%
Surplus/deficit b/ – 52 – 85
– 80
 
End-of-season stocks 1,718
1,530
1,638
– 80 – 4.66%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 35.9% 31.5% 34.2%

Notes:
a/   Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLVI – No. 1 –  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, details by country. The main features of the global market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on the crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the January-March quarter of 2020 and the evolution of trade flow data estimated fo

r major cocoa exporting and importing countries during the first quarter of the 2019/20 season.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers crop year data from 2016/17 to 2018/19 and quarterly statistics for the period April-June 2018 to October-December 2019. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting 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.

International Cocoa Organization
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Tel:              +225 22 51 49 50/51
Fax:             +225 22 51 49 79
E-mail:         info@icco.org

 

Abidjan, 11 May 2020 – The World Cocoa Conference (WCC) is a ground-breaking networking event created by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and launched in 2012 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Organized every two years to assess the status of the world cocoa economy, review current challenges and agree on measures to address these issues, it has now been established as the leading forum for the global cocoa sector, with over 1,500 delegates attending the last edition in Berlin, Germany in 2018.

It is the only event in the cocoa sector to bring together a diverse range of decision-makers and other stakeholders in the cocoa and chocolate value chain, from all over the world in one place, representing a unique opportunity to encourage discussion of challenges and opportunities, to gather intelligence, to make new contacts and to do business.

After four successful editions held in Africa, then Europe and Latin America, the Conference is moving to Asia and Oceania for the first time, providing a great opportunity for the global cocoa community to focus on the third largest cocoa producing region of the world.

The fifth edition of the World Cocoa Conference (WCC5) will be hosted by the Government of Indonesia in partnership with the ICCO at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), a state-of-the-art business facility within a truly stunning location.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5th edition of the World Cocoa Conference has been postponed to 2021. For further updates, please visit the Conference website by clicking here or contact +44 (0) 20 7780 4340, email: info@worldcocoaconference.org

Abidjan, 6 March 2020 – The International Cocoa Organization today releases its first forecasts for the 2019/20 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2018/19 cocoa year. The data published in Issue No. 1 – 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 February 2020.

 

Summary of forecasts and revised estimates

 Cocoa year 

(Oct-Sept)

2018/19 2019/20 Year-on-year change
Previous estimates a/ Revised estimates Forecasts
(thousand tonnes) (Per cent)
World gross production 4 834 4 745 4 824 + 79 + 1.7%
World grindings 4 807 4 805 4 861 + 56 + 1.2%
Surplus/deficit   b/ – 21 – 107 – 85
End-of-season stocks 1 701 1 615 1 530 – 85 – 5.3%
Stocks/Grindings ratio 35.4% 33.6% 31.5%

Notes:

a/ Estimates published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XLV – No. 4 – Cocoa year 2018/19

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 first 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 main features of the global market are illustrated in colour charts. In addition, the Bulletin includes comments on the crop and demand prospects in the leading countries for the current season, a review of price developments on international markets for cocoa beans during the October-December quarter of 2019 and the evolution of trade flow data estimated for major cocoa exporting and importing countries during the 2018/19 season.

Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa StatisticsStatistics information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers crop year data from 2016/17 to 2018/19 and quarterly statistics for the period January-March 2018 to July-September 2019. Details of destination of exports and origin of imports for leading cocoa exporting and importing countries are also provided. Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2010/11 to 2018/19 are presented for reference.

Copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, including Microsoft Excel files and Adobe PDF format can be ordered by completing and returning this formor from the ICCO Secretariat at the address below:

 

International Cocoa Organization | ICCO Building | II-Plateaux ENA – Avenue Boga Doudou | Abidjan | Côte d’Ivoire | Tel: +225 22 51 49 50/51 | Fax: +225 22 51 49 79 | Email: info@icco.org 

London, 23 January 2020 – The ICCO Expert Working Group on Stocks (EWGS) met today, Thursday 23 January 2020 to review the level of world cocoa bean stocks. The EWGS is composed of experts in the cocoa field who meet once a year, at the invitation of the ICCO, to review and analyse the results of the ICCO’s annual survey of cocoa bean stocks held in warehouses worldwide. The survey has been conducted every year since 2000 and aims to improve transparency in the cocoa market.

The results of the latest survey showed that world cocoa bean stocks are estimated to have increased to 1.538 million tonnes as at the end of the 2018/19 cocoa year (30 September 2019). Unfortunately, this year there was a significant reduction in responses to the survey. Therefore, a larger proportion of the stock had to be estimated.

 

 Location of cocoa bean stocks
30 September 2018 30 September 2019
     
STOCKS IN COCOA IMPORTING COUNTRIES 1,121 1,151
     
STOCKS IN COCOA EXPORTING COUNTRIES 318 313
     
COCOA BEANS IN TRANSIT 78 73
     
TOTAL STOCKS 1,517 1,538
of which identified    
               Volume 1,306 1,057
                Percent 86% 69%
     
ICCO statistically-derived stocks 1,722 1,701

Totals and differences may differ due to rounding.

 

The EWGS now notes that a gap of 163,000 tonnes exists between the annual survey of cocoa stocks held in warehouses worldwide and the ICCO’s statistically-derived stocks figure.

The review conducted by the EWGS during its meeting led to the conclusion that the survey results underestimate existing world stocks due to the expansion of stocks held in locations not reporting to the ICCO survey. The most significant area of unreported stocks was identified as Asia.

While the ICCO Secretariat maintains, so far, its supply deficit estimate of 21,000 tonnes for 2018/19 as published in its latest QBCS, it may revise that figure in its next Bulletin due at the end of February 2020, taking into account the outcome of this survey.

 

For more information, please contact Bérénice Grace Bah, Editorial and Conference Officer, International Cocoa Organization, ICCO Building, II Plateaux ENA – Avenue Boga Doudou, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Tel: +225 22 51 49 50/51 | Fax: +225 22 51 49 79 | Email: berenicegrace.bah@icco.org