Helena Lyng Blak
8 weeks ago

Buy more chocolate bars?

Cocoa futures soar to bittersweet heights
melted chocolate pouring into a piece of chocolate bars with green mint leaf on a table
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By Bastian Jørgensen

Cocoa is the key ingredient in the $130 billion global chocolate market, an indulgence-fueled economic engine.

If stratospheric cocoa prices persist, it could put the squeeze on chocolate producers' profits.

Giant chocolatiers may be forced to raise prices on beloved bars and bonbons to avoid a margin meltdown. For chocoholics worldwide, sticker shock in the candy aisle could quickly sour the mood.

Figure 1 - From the sub-2000$ lows in 2017, Cocoa is now rapidly reaching almost 5x that: nearly 10,000$ per metric ton.

Pocketbooks of farmers in major cocoa-producing countries like Ivory Coast and Ghana could see a sweet surplus windfall from elevated prices. But an overheated cocoa market risks instability if high prices curb demand and leave growers with a glut of beans.

The Nestlé stock isn’t liking the rapid rise. The stock is down nearly 20% in one year.

For now, the eye-popping cocoa rally is the talk of commodity traders. Will prices keep ascending into the cocoa cosmos, or come crashing back down to Earth?

Market speculators are salivating over the profit potential but wary of getting caught when the sugar rush inevitably ends.

One thing is clear - with the world's collective sweet tooth hanging in the balance, all eyes are on the cocoa market's wild ride.

Investors, farmers, chocolate fiends - grab your emergency candy stash and buckle up. The great cocoa showdown of 2024 is one to watch.

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