ICCO Publications

Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics

The Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics provides reliable data and up-to-date analysis on the cocoa economy from 1960 onwards covering most cocoa producing and importing countries.

It is published in February, May, August and November, and contains the following:

  • Review and developments in the world cocoa market
  • Charts on cocoa bean production, grindings, stocks and prices of cocoa beans
  • World production and grindings of cocoa beans by region and country
  • ICCO composite cocoa bean prices in SDRs and US dollars
  • Cocoa bean prices on the London and New York futures markets
  • Trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate by country of origin and destination of exports for major importing and exporting countries

To subscribe to our Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, go to our ONLINE SHOP or download this order form, complete and return it by email or fax.

If you need further information, please write to Elizabeth Gyamfi at the ICCO (statistics.section@icco.org).

Monthly Review of the Market

The Monthly Review of the cocoa market reports on the latest developments on the international cocoa futures markets (i.e. on the ICE Futures Europe and ICE Futures U.S). This document is graphically illustrated and provides a description of the evolution of the front-month cocoa futures contract prices denominated in U.S. dollars on both sides of the Atlantic, stocks and gradings at the exchange licensed warehouses, butter and powder prices, production and grindings as well as other factors influencing the cocoa trade.

Monthly Reviews

If you want more information, please visit the Monthly Review of the Market in the Events & Documentation section.

New Digital World Cocoa Directory


The new 2024 edition of the Directory, last published in 2019/20, now contains over 10000 updated entries, 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.

Pesticide Use in Cocoa – Practical Manual – 4th Edition

Chocolate and other cocoa products are delicacies that people all over the world love and enjoy. The key ingredient in these delicacies is derived from cocoa beans, also known as the “food of the gods”, and popularly renowned for its ancient history as well as its health and nutritional attributes.

The use of chemical control measures to manage cocoa pests and diseases could cause food safety concerns if pesticide application is not done in the prescribed manner, leading to residues above maximum prescribed levels for chemical compounds that are dangerous to the health of the consumers.

Our priority is the production of wholesome cocoa beans, safe for consumption. In this respect, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in close cooperation with the cocoa industry, publishes a manual of Pesticide Use in Cocoa providing broad guidelines on the choice and application of pesticides used in the cocoa supply chain. The first, second and third editions of the manual were published in 2008, 2010 and 2015 respectively.

The past decade has witnessed a significant change in the food safety and environmental sustainability landscape, calling for greater focus from policy makers on protecting people and the environment. This and other considerations prompted the publication of the fourth edition of the manual to meet the challenges of the times.

We are happy to inform the public, and particularly our stakeholders, of the release of the fourth edition of the manual. This edition is packed with more information on the science and application of pesticides. In addition, there are new sections on policy changes in traceability schemes, EU Green Deal on sustainable use of pesticides, bio-alternatives to chemical control and an analysis of emerging pest threats.

The manual is intuitively designed to be user-friendly, particularly for cocoa farmers and cocoa traders. The manual is also a training guide for agricultural extension agents, agricultural students and staff of cocoa institutions and bodies. The manual will be very useful for cocoa warehouse managers, pesticide manufacturers, pesticide sellers and any other party that desires to know more about the safety of cocoa for consumption.

We encourage wide distribution of this free downloadable manual to concerned parties interested in the production and handling of cocoa.

Let us all collaborate together to ensure safe cocoa production for consumption and for the pleasure of consumers of chocolate and other cocoa products.