Cocoa bean imports are still handled, and handled efficiently, by sling and pallets from breakbulk vessels.
A tasty big bite of the United States consumer chocolate bar market passes through Dependable Distribution Services, Inc. (DDS) in PhilaPort to four area chocolate manufacturers. Burlap bags of cocoa beans arriving from West Africa are handled breakbulk with great efficiency.
Texture, flavor and snap are important attributes of dark and milk chocolate bars with different health benefits from each which start from cocoa bean processing in the Philadelphia area. However, chocolate bars are not the only goods from imported cocoa beans. Initial processing is from cocoa liquor and its two by-products of cocoa powder and cocoa butter can be trucked down the supply chain to food manufacturers, gourmet and other cocoa product customers. In 2015, the global chocolate market in retail sales was $101 billion, of which the U.S. bite accounted for $22.4 billion and Western Europe for $34.4 billion. Mars and Hershey, among other customers, rely on the value-added services from DDS in the cocoa and chocolate supply chain.
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