Exporting cocoa to the Netherlands
The Netherlands is the largest importer of cocoa beans and home to the largest cocoa grinding industry in the world. The Netherlands imported almost 92% of its cocoa beans from West Africa in 2018, primarily as bulk cocoa. The demand for high-quality cocoa, however, is growing and attracting further interest in cocoa beans from Latin American countries. The focus on the high-quality segment also offers an opportunity for a closer relationship with buyers such as smaller specialised traders and speciality chocolate makers.