ADM is a world leader in cocoa processing, and West Africa produces 70 percent of the world’s cocoa beans, feeding the world’s appetite for chocolate.
In West Africa – Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana – ADM crushes and exports cocoa.
Most of West Africa’s cocoa is exported, and ADM ships tons of cocoa each year from West Africa to Europe, Asia and the Americas. Some goes to our plants for processing and to create products for the ADM brands Ambrosia®, deZaan™ and Merckens®. The remainder is delivered to food manufacturers for use in bakery and confectionery items, cereals, dairy products and dry mixes.
From Cameroon, ADM ships cocoa powder to Holland and Asia. Together with Olam, a cocoa bean supplier based in Singapore, ADM operates the Usicam plant where we dry, clean and grade cocoa beans.
In Côte d'Ivoire, ADM operates the Unicao cocoa-processing facility in Abidjan, a cocoa drying plant in San Pedro and a second cocoa drying plant in Abidjan. Cocoa beans from Côte d'Ivoire help create products for the ADM brands Ambrosia®, deZaan™ and Merckens® or are shipped to food manufacturers.
In Ghana, ADM’s most recent project is the construction of a cocoa processing facility in Kumasi, completed in 2009. The new plant is one of Ghana’s largest and a companion to ADM’s cocoa facilities in Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon, as well as those in North and South America, Europe and Asia.