Cocoa: A Bittersweet Supply Chain

From bean to bar, the cocoa supply chain is a bittersweet one. While the end product is something most of us enjoy, this also comes with a human cost.

Based on how much cocoa comes from West Africa, it’s likely that most of the chocolates we eat have a little bit of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in them. The $130B chocolate industry relies on cocoa farming for supply of chocolate’s key ingredient. Yet, many cocoa farmers make less than $1/day.

This infographic maps the major trade flows of cocoa and allows us to dive deeper into its global supply chain.

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Cocoa: A Bittersweet Supply Chain

From bean to bar, the cocoa supply chain is a bittersweet one. While the end product is something most of us enjoy, this also comes with a human cost.

Based on how much cocoa comes from West Africa, it’s likely that most of the chocolates we eat have a little bit of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in them. The $130B chocolate industry relies on cocoa farming for supply of chocolate’s key ingredient. Yet, many cocoa farmers make less than $1/day.

This infographic maps the major trade flows of cocoa and allows us to dive deeper into its global supply chain.


First published: October 28, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: Grand View Research, TradeMap, Candy Industry, ChocoSuisse, Aargauer Zeitung, Cocoa Barometer 2018, WSJ, S&P Global

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