Global trade flows

Cocoa beans are produced around the world in countries along the equator.


Slightly under half of the world’s cocoa bean production is processed in the same country where it was harvested, with the remainder being exported for processing. The main producers are Ivory Coast and Ghana in Africa. Production in Ecuador in South America is rising. Europe is both the largest total importer of cocoa and the largest processing region.
 
Sucden’s main activities in the cocoa market involve the safe transport of cocoa beans from their country of harvest to overseas processors.

Main global trade flows, cocoa 2015-2016

Global trade flow of cocoa map

Note: Country and region figures are estimates for total production / exports. However some minor trade flows (indicated by arrows) are not shown so in some cases there are small discrepancies between the total and trade flow figures shown.