ADM opened an office in the Republic of Ghana, the world’s second largest producer of cocoa, in 2005, with the aim of exploring cocoa processing opportunities. Today, we play a vital role in adding value to the nation’s cocoa bean crop and supplying semi-finished products to customers in the candy, bakery and cosmetics industries.
Our most recent project in Ghana is construction of a cocoa processing facility in Kumasi, which began operations in 2009. The plant allows ADM to process cocoa beans close to the farmers of the Ashanti region, a traditional area for cocoa production.
ADM employs approximately 80 people at the plant in Kumasi, which is one of the nation’s largest and compliments ADM’s cocoa facilities in nearby Côte d'Ivoire. ADM ships cocoa products under the UNICAO® brand from Côte d'Ivoire to Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Cocoa beans from Côte d'Ivoire help create products for the ADM brands Ambrosia®, deZaan™ and Merckens®.
ADM works with farmers, grower cooperatives, government and non-governmental organizations, academia and industry partners to improve the lives of cocoa farmers around the globe through programs such as the Sustainable Tree Crop Program and organizations like the World Cocoa Foundation.
As part of our commitment to helping communities in Ghana, ADM has undertaken several community projects, including the construction of wells and other community facilities. ADM has also partnered with Gesllschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) to provide a comprehensive health program to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and other infection deseases in the community.