Exporting cocoa to Italy
Italy is a large importer of cocoa beans, sourcing a high share of its imports directly from cocoa-producing countries. Together, West African countries account for more than 70% of Italy’s cocoa bean imports, but East Africa shows a growing trend. Italy is home to large-scale chocolate companies but also has several small-scale and high-quality chocolate makers. The market for certified chocolate is also increasing steadily in Italy, following a consumer and industry trend towards sustainability.