August 2011 Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics

26 August 2011–The International Cocoa Organization today releases its revised forecasts for the current 2010/2011 cocoa year and revised estimates for 2009/2010 of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans, summarized below.

The data published in Issue No. 3 – Volume XXXVII – Cocoa year 2010/2011 of the Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, reflect the most recent information available to the Secretariat as at the end of July 2011.

Cocoa year (Oct-Sep) 2006/2007 2007/08 Year-on-year change
 Previous estimates a/  Revised estimates  Forecasts
(thousand tonnes)  (Per cent)
World production 3 632 4 025  4 195 + 563 + 15.5%
World grindings  3 698 3 798 3 828 + 130 + 3.5%
Surplus/deficit b/  – 102 + 187 + 325
End-of-season stocks 1 606 1 816 1 931 + 325 + 20.2%
Stocks/Grindings ratio  43.4% 47.8% 50.4%

a/   Forecasts published in Quarterly Bulletin of Cocoa Statistics, Vol. XXXVII – No. 2 – Cocoa year 2010/2011
b/   Surplus/deficit: net world crop (gross crop adjusted for loss in weight) minus grindings
Totals and differences may differ due to rounding.

This issue of the Bulletin contains the Secretariat’s revised forecasts for the 2010/2011 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 cocoa market are illustrated in colour charts.  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 2011.

Statistical information on trade in cocoa beans, cocoa products and chocolate, by country and by region, published in this edition, covers annual data from 2007/2008 to 2009/2010 and quarterly statistics for the period April-June 2009 to October-December 2010.  Details of origin of imports and destination of exports for leading cocoa importing countries are also provided.  Historical statistics on cocoa trade and consumption, by country and by region, for the period 2001/2002 to 2009/2010 are presented for reference.

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

International Cocoa Organization
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