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Cameroon cocoa grind purchases up slightly by end-Feb
Cameroon’s farmers sold 30,299 tonnes of cocoa beans for local grinding by the end of February, up slightly from the same period last season, National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB) data showed.
The country had purchased 28,414 tonnes by the same stage last season.
Leading grinder Sic-Cacaos, a subsidiary of Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, bought 361 tonnes of beans in February, down from 475 tonnes in the same month last year.
Its total purchases since the start of the season are 29,504 tonnes versus 26,611 tonnes for the same period last year.
Chocolaterie Confiserie du Cameroun (Chococam), an affiliate of South Africa’s Tiger Brand, bought nothing in February, maintaining its total since the season’s start at 795 tonnes. This compared with 1,803 tonnes for the same period the previous year.
Sic-Cacaos processes cocoa beans into cocoa cake, cocoa powder and cocoa liquor, sold in the six-member Central African States economic zone, while Chococam manufactures chocolate sold only in Cameroon.
Cameroon’s cocoa season runs from August 1 to July 31, with the main harvest period from October to January/February and the light crop harvest from April/May to July.
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