Ghana boosts cocoa processing output
April 2, 2009 – Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) has more than doubled its cocoa bean processing capacity to 64,500 tonnes a year, after completing a five-year rehabilitation and expansion programme.
Reports from Ghana’s local press state that at the company’s annual general meeting this week the company said the boost in output is in line with plans by the western African country “encourage processing”.
One of the two CPC factories grinds beans into semi-finished products such as cocoa liquor, butter, natural and alkalised cake, or powder while the other plant manufacturers confectionery products under the ‘Golden Tree’ brand.
At 690,000 tonnes, Ghana is the world’s number two supplier of cocoa beans behind its neighbour, Ivory Coast that produced 1.3 million tonnes last year.