Cocoa: High Demand, Low Supply

Honduras could sell to Switzerland all of the high quality cocoa that it could produce.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The company Chocolates Halba asked Honduran producers to increase the amount of seed sown to ensure a greater presence in Europe.

"The volume of production is very low, purchase expectations are much higher. At the moment, if there were one thousand tons, then we would buy it, but we are responding to the existing supply of high quality product at the national level," said Luis Regalado, country representative of Chocolates Halba.

According to Anibal Ayala, president of the Cocoa Producers Association of Honduras (Aprocacaoh) during the 2012-13 harvest 1,200 tons were produced from seed but only 30 tons were exported to Switzerland.

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Honduran Cacao Goes to Switzerland

October 2011

In 2011 the country exported a total of 40 tons of cocoa to Halba, a Swiss chocolate maker.

Exports generated $1.5 million in foreign exchange, said Anibal Ayala, president of the Honduran Association of Caco Producers (APROCACAHO).

"Ayala told reporters that Hondurans who grow the grain will gain a profit of $1.16 per kilo, as it is sold at $2.94 and its production cost is $1.78.

First Shipment of Honduran Cacao to Switzerland

August 2009

The first cocoa shipment would be sent by the end of October for Swiss company Chocolats Halba.

The contract with the European company was signed in May, and the first shipments will correspond to the 2009/10 harvest, said Aníbal Ayala, president of the Honduran Cacao Growers Association.

Hondurans to Export Cocoa to Switzerland

May 2009

Through a marketing agreement among producers in Honduras, cocoa will be exported jointly to the Swiss Company, Chocolats Halba.

The Association of Honduran Cocoa Producers (APROCACAHO) will centralize organic cocoa exports from the agricultural cooperative Omoa San Fernando Limited and the Association of Choloma River Producers (APACH) with the signing of the marketing agreement.

Swiss Company Interested in Honduran Cocoa

March 2009

The Swiss chocolate company, Chocolats Halba, would buy 500 tons of organic cocoa in a three-year period.

Eduardo López García wrote in "The first export will be done this coming May, when the harvest of the grain, which has an annual production of about 1,000 tons, will be completed.

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