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  • Writer's pictureWendy de la Harpe

Ghana Cocoa Processing Factory

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

60,000MT greenfield cocoa factory in Takoradi, Ghana

*Potential 5-10x return on investment in 5-10 years

  • Top 5 player in peaceful origin country with favorable cocoa policies

  • Access to world’s highest quality cocoa beans at favorable cost

  • Senior staff has 40+ years in factory construction, operation, and management

  • Zero income tax first 10 years due to Free Zone status

  • Social impact: Employing over 200 people, greater food security for 50,000 Ghanaian cocoa farmers

  • Ghana produces world’s highest quality cocoa beans, 19% of global cocoa harvest, but processes only 6% 800,000 cocoa farms, mostly small acreage Government is encouraging capacity expansion from 33% to 50%.

  • Local processors get large discount on Light Crop beans (20% of harvest). Highly profitable business when plant runs near capacity

  • Beans bought on “cash-and-carry” basis from Licensed Buying Companies or Ghana Cocoa Board, the government regulatory authority


Liquor: Low, medium, and high roast

Factory Layout

Butter: Deodorized

Cocoa Cake: Natural, 10-12% RFC

Capex Investment ​​ USD 70M

Operating Cash ​​ USD 15M

Total Financing Required USD 85M

Average Net Income (Yrs. 1-5) USD 15M

IRR / NPV ​​ 23% / USD 217M

Potential Debt-to-Equity Ratio 52% — 48%

For information contact Wendy de la Harpe


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