A pod of cocoa can be translated into a variety of products, among which
Animal feed- cocoa pod husk,
can be used as an animal feed.
Production of soft drinks and
alcohol - In the preparation of soft drinks, fresh cocoa pulp juice (sweatings)
is collected, sterilised and bottled.
Potash from cocoa pod husk -
Cocoa pod husk ash is used mainly for soft soap manufacture. It may
also be used as fertiliser for cocoa, vegetables, and food crops.
Jam and marmalade - Pectin for
jam and marmalade is extracted from the sweating by precipitation with alcohol,
followed by distillation and recycling of the alcohol in further extractions.
Mulch - Cocoa bean shells can
be used as organic mulch and soil
conditioner for the garden.
Cocoa butter - Cocoa butter is
used in the manufacture of chocolate. It is also widely used in cosmetic
products such as moisturising creams and soaps.
Cocoa powder - Cocoa powder can
be used as an ingredient in almost any foodstuff. For example, it is used in
chocolate flavoured drinks, chocolate flavoured desserts such as ice cream and
mousse, chocolate spreads and sauces, and cakes and biscuits.
Cocoa liquor - Cocoa liquor is
used, with other ingredients, to produce chocolate. Chocolate is used as a
product on its own or combined with other ingredients to form confectionery
products from cocoa are sought after but the global chase for chocolate
sustainability is a concern that should interest investors.
Global Chase for Chocolate
chocolate, just one of the products from cocoa; Chocolate is highly consumed
product among children and adults alike. It is a very big business and one of
the bestselling global products. Chocolate is although considered a naughty
addiction for consumers but its demand is ever on the rise. As a matter of
fact, the demand for cocoa for chocolate is so high that experts warns that
there will shortage of affordable cocoa supplies within 20 years if active measures
are not taken to sustain cocoa production.
Why should Investors be interested in Cocoa Business?
a couple of reasons why investors should find the cocoa business a viable
opportunity to dip into;
(Africa) has a huge plus in cocoa production- Cocoa plant is not peculiar to
Nigerians though, but Africa now dominates the production of cocoa towering
with 70%. The temperate and climate of Nigeria, especially the South-West
region favours the growth of cocoa production. Nigeria is a sweet spot for
cocoa production. It makes its sustainability limitless.
The is a
present and future demand for the production of cocoa- As long as chocolate and
other cocoa products are consumed, the market remains profitable. Aside
chocolate, Cocoa beverages are heavily consumed (especially by growing children
and young adults) in developing regions of the world like Africa. Beverages
like Milo, Ovaltine, Bonvita etc. is a household name in Nigeria. Nigeria has a
one of the fastest growing population in the world with about170, 000,000
million people. As a result of this explosive population growth, more
people will depend on cocoa farmers to produce the valuable beans used for
producing these beverages. And because cocoa can be grown in only a few other
places outside Africa, Nigeria precisely, the high demand for cocoa products
will provide a steady and lucrative market for cocoa producers.