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Ivory Coast is no more satisfied with its status of the world leader regarding cocoa production. The country of Alassane Ouattara also makes a commitment in the on-the-spot processing of its products. The first chocolate factory of Ivory Coast was opened last Monday in Abidjan by President Ouattara.
The new chocolate manufacturing structure has an annual production capacity of 10 000 tons. The new factory cost 4 billion FCFA (6 million euros) to the French group, Cemoi.
« In the short term, we are going to make chocolate and satisfy Ivory Coast as well as West Africa and with its 350 million consumers« , declared Patrick Poirrier, CEO of Cemoi.
Ivory Coast (world leader) supplies 36 % of world cocoa (1.3 million tons of beans). The country produced only 1.2 million tons in 2013.
Original text by:Roger ADZAFO