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Cocoa Prices Mixed on Currency Fluctuations


May ICE NY cocoa (CCK24) this morning is down -9 (-0.11%), and May ICE London cocoa #7 (CAK24) is up +49 (+0.72%).

Cocoa prices this morning are mixed, with London cocoa posting a new record high.  NY cocoa gave up an early advance today and turned lower as a rally in the dollar index (DXY00) to a 2-week high sparked long liquidation in NY cocoa.  London cocoa added to its gains today after the British pound (^GBPUSD) fell to a 2-week low.  A weaker pound boosts cocoa that is priced in terms of sterling.  

Cocoa price this week extended their two-month-long parabolic rally to new record highs on continued concern about tight cocoa supplies from West Africa.

Lower cocoa production in the Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, is a major bullish factor for cocoa prices.  Monday’s government data showed Ivory Coast farmers shipped 1.26 MMT of cocoa to ports from October 1 to March 18, down -28% from the same time last year.  The Ivory Coast cocoa regulator said on March 7 that it expects the Ivory Coast mid-crop, which officially starts in April and is the smaller of two annual harvests, to fall -33% to 400,000 MT from 600,000 MT last year.   Trader Ecom Agroindustrial projects Ivory Coast 2023/24 cocoa production, which ends in September, will fall -21.5% y/y to an 8-year low of 1.75 MMT.

Also on the bullish side, ICE-monitored cocoa inventories held in U.S. ports fell to a 3-year low of 4,054,349 bags on Monday.

Cocoa found support when the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) on February 29 projected that the global 2023/24 cocoa deficit would widen to -374,000 MT from -74,000 MT in 2022/23.  ICCO projects global cocoa production in 2023/24 will fall by -11% y/y to 4.45 MMT, and global cocoa grindings will fall by nearly -5%, which would push the 2023/24 stock-to-grindings ratio to the lowest in more than 40 years.  

Unfavorable growing conditions and crop disease on West African farms over the past year have curbed cocoa production and fueled a parabolic rally in cocoa prices.  A global cocoa deficit is expected to extend into 2023/24 since current cocoa production is insufficient to meet demand.  Also, cocoa prices are seeing support from the current El Nino weather event after an El Nino event in 2016 caused a drought and a rally in cocoa prices to a 12-year high.

Smaller cocoa exports from Nigeria, the world’s fifth largest cocoa producer, are bullish for prices after Nigeria’s Jan cocoa exports fell -15% y/y to 36,941 MT.

On January 25, the Ivory Coast cocoa regulator, Le Conseil Cafe-Cacao, halted forward cocoa sales for the 2024/25 season.  The regulator halted forward sales until it had a clear picture of expected cocoa production in the Ivory Coast.  The halt adds to the tumult of the region’s cocoa supplies, and the impact could multiply supply concerns.

Record-high cocoa prices are starting to curb global demand.  On January 12, the National Confectioners Association reported that 4Q North American cocoa grindings fell -3.0% y/y to 103,971 MT.  Also, the Cocoa Association of Asia reported that Asian Q4 cocoa grindings fell -8.5% y/y to 211,202 MT.  Finally, the European Cocoa Association reported that European Q4 cocoa grindings fell -2.5% y/y to 350,739 MT. 

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