Production has begun at Cargill’s new $100m cocoa processing facility in Tema, Ghana, to help meet increasing demand.
The plant has the capacity to transform 65,000 tonnes of cocoa beans per annum into high quality cocoa liquor, butter and powders for customers globally. However, it has the potential to expand capacity to 120,000 tonnes per annum.
Cargill plans to extend its West Africa range of cocoa powders so customers can benefit from new colors and flavors. It already has a cocoa processing facility in the region is in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
A supply agreement was signed between Cargill and the Ghana Cocoa Board in June 2006 and the official groundbreaking took place in July 2007.
Leo Winters, head of Cargill’s cocoa operations in the region, said: “Our schedule for construction was by many estimates ambitious, but we successfully met our deadlines.”