Cargill to build cocoa processing facility in Ghana

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COBHAM, U.K. — Cargill recently broke ground at a site in Tema, Ghana, where it is building a value-added cocoa processing facility. The plant will produce cocoa liquor, butter and powder and is expected to begin operations in the summer of 2008.

Cargill and the Ghana Cocoa Board reached a long-term supply agreement in June 2006. The plant initially will process 65,000 tonnes, but will have the potential to expand to 120,000 tonnes.

"We are excited to be making a contribution to Ghana’s growing economy," said Paul Naar, head of Cargill’s food ingredients business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This plant will incorporate some of the latest technology to ensure Ghanaian cocoa is processed to the highest standards. Ghana is one of the most important cocoa supplying countries in the world and creating value-added products in Ghana will not only be good for the people of Ghana, but will also allow us to provide a greater range of cocoa products to meet the growing needs of our cocoa customers around the world."

Other companies also are recognizing and acting on the importance of Ghana in the cocoa industry. Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced its intent to build a cocoa processing facility in Kumasi, Ghana. In addition, Barry Callebaut has added a second cocoa bean processing line to an existing facility in the Free Zone Enclave in Tema, Ghana.

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