Which Country Consumes the Most Cocoa Beans in the World?

Beverage Crops February 09, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global cocoa consumption amounted to 4,199 thousand tonnes in 2015, picking up by +1.0% against the previous year level. Overall, the global cocoa consumption indicated a moderate decline from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume decreased at an average annual rate of -0.5%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2012, when the output figure increased by +27% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global cocoa consumption attained its maximum volume of 4,736 thousand tonnes in 2008. From 2009 to 2015, the total cocoa consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Cocoa Consuming Countries in the World

1. Côte D'Ivoire (1405K Tonnes)

2. Ghana (837K Tonnes)

3. Indonesia (732K Tonnes)

4. Netherlands (531K Tonnes)

5. USA (463K Tonnes)

Global Cocoa Beans Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were Côte D'Ivoire (1,405 thousand tonnes), Ghana (837 thousand tonnes), Indonesia (732 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 68% of total consumption. They were followed by the Netherlands with a 12% of global consumption share and the United States with a 11% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of cocoa consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Ghana (+29.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Per capita cocoa (bean) in Côte D'Ivoire was estimated at 61.87 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 0.96 kg/year. Côte D'Ivoire was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of cocoa (bean), followed by the Netherlands (31.35 kg/year), Ghana (30.54 kg/year), Indonesia (2.84 kg/year) and the United States (1.44 kg/year).

In Ghana, per capita cocoa (bean) consumption has grown noticably (+26.0% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Ghana per capita consumption reached 61.87 kg/year as compared with 4.80 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Cocoa (Beans) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025