ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, has authorized 102 companies and cooperatives to buy and export cocoa and coffee in the 2022/23 season, according to a document from the Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
The list includes 52 export companies, 41 cooperatives and nine grinding companies, according to the note signed by the head of the CCC, the industry regulator, on Sept. 9.
They include the major traders and chocolate makers Olam , CEMOI, Barry Callebaut , Touton, Sucden, Nestle and Cargill .
Last year, Ivory Coast authorized 106 buyers and exporters.
Ivory Coast’s annual cocoa production is about 2.2 million tonnes. The 2022/23 season will start on Oct. 1.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Editing by Nellie Peyton, Kirsten Donovan)