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Ivory Coast in talks with Hershey over cocoa products factory

Ivory Coast in talks with Hershey over cocoa products factory
From Reuters - December 6, 2017

ABIDJAN, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast is in talks with Hershey over the construction of a factory for making and marketing semi-finished cocoa products, the governments spokesman said on Wednesdayafter a cabinet meeting.

Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan will travel to the United States between Dec. 18 and 20 to thrash out the details of the partnership with Hershey, the spokesman said.

Ivory Coast is the worlds leading cocoa producer, with some 2 million tonnes of beans arriving at its ports each year, but of those only 500,000 are processed into semi-finished products in country. The rest are shipped out raw.

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