Cargill opens cocoa plant in Ghana

by Eric Schroeder
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COBHAM, U.K. — Cargill said it has opened a new cocoa processing facility in Tema, Ghana. Cargill invested approximately $100 million in the facility, which has the capacity to handle 65,000 tonnes of cocoa beans per year for the production of cocoa liquor, butter and powders.

The new facility complements Cargill’s existing cocoa processing facility in West Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

According to Cargill, the Tema facility has been designed with the potential to expand capacity to 120,000 tonnes of cocoa beans per year.

"This excellent cooperation between Ghana and Cargill bodes well for the future," said Leo Winters, head of Cargill’s cocoa operations in the region. "Cargill has now been processing cocoa in West Africa for almost 10 years. We expect this experience to contribute positively to the success of the Tema facility and help raise further the high quality expectations that food and beverage manufacturers associate with Ghanaian cocoa."

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