Cocoa Revolution, Emerging Markets, Processing Trends, Yield & Quality Improvement

Emerging Markets, Processing Trends, Yield & Quality Improvement

04-05 Mar, 2015 - Singapore, SINGAPORE

GoodWood Park Hotel Singapore

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Big future and money in cocoa drives investments and potential for plantations to switch to the golden crop . It is also rated as a good time to “buy” the bean.


According to Mr Dennis Melka – CEO of United Cacoa ,comparing cocoa with palm oil, you will get about 6 tonnes of oil per hectare for palm oil, which, at a price of about $600 a tonne at the moment, gets you to revenues of about $3,500 per hectare, whereas for  cocoa, you produce about 3 tonnes per hectare, but at about $3,000 per tonne, meaning revenues of $9,000 per hectare.


Being the first stock market-listed, pure-play cocoa producer, United Cacoa aims to be the world's biggest cocoa supplier with its development of a targeted plantation area of 3,250 hectares in Peru and which is set to deliver its first beans this year.


Peru and neighbouring Ecuador is termed as the "Silicon Valley of cocoa" for their research into the bean, and development of varieties such as the  “game changing “ CCN 51 type  with good yield potential, and resistance to the diseases.


Chinese consumption, in cacao terms, , is poised to rise 40% between 2013-18, Euromonitor believes. To compound the impending shortage Malaysian production is down and Indonesia is now importing cocoa,  a reflection of a growing domestic processing industry too.


Meanwhile West Africa, the top producing region, which is still beset by Ebola and key producing countries of Ivory Coast and Ghana, where political upset remains a worry will have profound consequences for the country and its future cocoa supply.


Shortage or surplus ?


For the past few weeks, the global media has been highlighting fears that the world is facing a cocoa shortage of catastrophic proportions.

Yes, cocoa prices have shown a continuous upwards trend but are claims of a 1 million metric tonne deficit by 2020 overstated to the extreme ?


ICCO calculations show that supply deficits are indeed likely to occur over the next few years but"stocks of cocoa beans should cushion this development .  According to new reports, ICCO now expects small deficits over the next 5 years with shortage of only 100,000MT in 2020 rather than 1M m to deficit .


That is provided that production is not threatened by pests and diseases and good agronomy practices are implemented.


What are the new innovative techniques in cocoa agronomy to improve yield andqualities of cocoa ?


There is a growing interest in fine flavor cocoa varieties and carefully crafted products. Hear from India’s artisan chocolate producer how the market is evolving to appreciate finer chocolates and top trends and consumer preferences for chocolate consumption.


How are chocolate brand owners keeping up with the high price of cocoa bean and limited supply ?


How are they reformulating to make more out of less and yet not compromising on the taste ?


What new innovations are there in the market from flavouring companies ?


CMT’s Cocoa Revolution to be held in Singapore on the 4-5th of March brings to action - new strategies, key innovations by chocolate producers and buyers and is a major opportunity for buyers and sellers to meet and share new ideas and concepts in the industry.


Topic Highlights
  • Global view on the future of the cocoa market and the dynamics of the butter: powder balance
  • Olam’s cocoa position and value chain activities in Africa
  • Perspective from Emerging Consumer markets – China and India
  • Flavors: Solutions for Cocoa Supply and Quality Variations
  • Consumer trends and preferences in chocolate consumption
  • Perspective from cocoa bean producing countries
    South America - Peru, Colombia,
    Asia - Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines
    West Africa - Ghana
  • Increasing productivity by supporting conservation and use of cacao genetic diversity 
  • Capital Markets’ Appetite for Cocoa Related Investments
  • Improving  qualities on cocoa


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Industry News Who Will You Meet Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Indonesia Eyes Top Spot in Global Cocoa Producer List


Cargill Opens US$100mn Cocoa Plant in Java


Barry Callebaut chief sees global 2014/15 cocoa surplus


ICCO extends cocoa surplus for 2013/14


Chocolate snacks trend drives China cocoa butter imports


Cocoa prices increase as demand rises; Chocolates may become expensive


Report: Bullish on chocolate and cocoa markets through 2019


Out of Africa And Into Asia - Chocolate Makers Eye Asian Demand


Investment sweetens cocoa industry, builds hub for Asia


Cargill commissions new cocoa processing plant in Gresik, East Java


Olam International to invest $76 million on cocoa plant in Indonesia


Mars to source cocoa from India


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• Cocoa & Chocolate Processors

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


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Industry News


Forecast points to Asia's chocolate demand reaching new highs in 2015 and that demand may increase as much as 20% this year. Growing popularity of confectionery and drinks among young people is expected to fuel this growth. China, India and Indonesia with their growing middle class coupled with higher disposable incomes will lead this demand for chocolate.

According to Euromonitor data, the demand for chocolate in Asia was the world's lowest per capita in 2013, and this market will grow at almost twice the global rate over the next five years.

Euromonitor International also predicts that the Asia-Pacific market for chocolate confectionery is likely to expand 4.5 percent in 2015 as compared to 2.6 percent globally.

Within Asia, Indonesia, the world's largest cocoa grower after Ivory Coast and Ghana, is expected to continue its lead as a major supplier of cocoa. Indonesia's domestic demand for cocoa is also slated to increase as much as 20 percent. The country's young demography with 50 percent of its population below 30 years of age has been a driving factor to increase chocolate demand.

Get more on Asia's chocolate consumption trends at Cocoa Revolution (Emerging Markets, Processing Trends, Yield & Quality Improvement) on 4-5 March, 2015 in Singapore.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


10 Feb, 2015


Singapore-based commodity trader - Olam International Ltd. (OLAM) has purchased Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM)'s cocoa business for $1.3 billion. The acquisition will help OLAM to become a top-three processor of the cocoa bean.


The new acquisition follows the purchase of U.S. peanut sheller McCleskey Mills Inc. for $176 million, including debt.


Olam says that demand for cocoa has risen three times faster than population growth in the last 15 years. The ADM deal will enhance Olam's processing capacity, thus helping it to sell directly to Nestle SA and Hershey Co.


Olam will now add 600,000 MT of processing capacity across Brazil and Singapore. This is in addition to the 100,000 tons it already owns. Plus, it will pick up the deZaan and UNICAO cocoa brands. This move will bring Olam in direct competition with the likes of Barry Callebaut AG and Cargill Inc.


More on 'Olam's Cocoa Position and Value Chain Activities in Africa' will be shared by V. Srivathsan, Managing Director Africa & M East, Olam International Limited at Cocoa Revolution (Emerging Markets, Processing Trends, Yield & Quality Improvement) on 4-5 March, 2015 in Singapore.


Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.



26 Jan, 2015


United Cacao, a cocoa plantation owner, has announced listing on Aim, London's junior market. This is the first time that a cocoa plantation owner will be listed on Aim.

United Cacao aims to raise £10m via new shares which will be equivalent to 37% of the group. Post the float, United Cacao's founder and chief executive - Mr. Dennis Melka will hold a fifth of the group, while wealthy individuals and agricultural funds in Asia and South America will own the rest of the shares.

United Cacao aims to tap the rising the global demand for cacao and developing a 3,250ha plantation in Peru. The floating will help the plantation further in this direction. Mr. Melka is hopeful that Peru's tropical climate, focus on disease-resistant varieties of cocoa and transparent labor practices will be conducive to high yield. Further the plantation is capable to withstand potential volatility in commodity markets with its low cost of production (about $900 per ton), compared to the price of the commodity (trading at about $3,000 per ton).

The shift of cocoa plantation to Latin American countries like Peru is driven by the Ebola crisis in West Africa (70 per cent of the world's cocoa is grown here) which is hampering cocoa production. Further civil war and ISIS trouble in the region has led cocoa producers to look elsewhere. Apart from United Cacao, Agro Nica Holdings in Nicaragua and ROIG Agro-Cacao in the Dominican Republic are other plantations coming up in Latin America.

Dennis Melka, Founder, United Cacao Limited SEZC will share a key perspective on 'Developing cocoa as a large scale agro industrial crop' in Peru at CMT's Cacao Revolution on 4-5 March, 2015 in Singapore.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


16 Jan, 2015


There is a shift in cocoa production and processing, progressively focusing more and more on the Asian region.


In terms of consumption, the region still consumes very little chocolate, but the appetite is increasingly growing and as the region has huge potential - producers like Cargill and Olam have announced plans to produce and process cocoa in the region, primarily in Indonesia - world's third largest cocoa grower.


While Cargill is building a $100 million cocoa facility in Gresik, Indonesia, Olam International is investing $61 million in a cocoa-processing plant in the country.


Vietnam is another country in the region that is boosting its cocoa production. Cargill has already invested in cocoa production in the country way back in 2004. The company is helping coffee farmers to grow cocoa as a second crop, as the latter is more suitable for the soil. Cargill has partnered with the Dutch government and Mars Inc. in Vietnam for cocoa production.


Industry experts predict cocoa prices to soar through 2014 due to a continuing deficit in global cocoa supply. International Cocoa Organization expects supplies to fall short of demand in the 2014-15 season beginning Oct. 1.


More on cocoa production and processing will be discussed at the upcoming Cocoa Revolution (Emerging Markets, Processing Trends, Yield & Quality Improvement) summit on 04-05 March, 2015 in Singapore.


Contact Ms. Huiyan at or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.



13 Nov, 2014