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Ivory Coast cocoa bean exports increase

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast 2015 cocoa beans exports reached 1,258,196 metric tons in 2015, up 6 percent from 1,190,626 metric tons the previous year, port data showed on Wednesday.

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ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast 2015 cocoa beans exports reached 1,258,196 metric tons in 2015, up 6 percent from 1,190,626 metric tons the previous year, port data showed on Wednesday.

About 617,017 metric tons of beans were shipped in 2015 from the port of Abidjan, compared with 610,226 metric tons the previous year, while 2015 exports reached 641,179 metric tons from San Pedro port, compared with 580,400 metric tons in 2014.

Cocoa product exports reached 427,835 last year up about 1 percent on the previous year.

About 247,715 metric tons of products were shipped in 2015 from Abidjan, compared with 261,125 metric tons in 2014, while exports reached 180,120 metric tons from San Pedro in 2015, compared with 162,886 metric tons the previous year.

Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa producer and its largest grinder with a capacity to process 706,000 metric tons per year, which is up 50 percent since 2010. In practice it only grinds 520,000 metric tons into finished and unfinished products.

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