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Cocoa Crisis

Chocolate prices are rising due to supply shortages, here's what this means.

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by Ludo Lugnani
Cocoa Crisis

In Short: Chocolate prices are rising due to supply shortages, and my wallet is about to feel very empty.

What's happening to cocoa?!

The cocoa market is in turmoil with prices doubling over the past year. Why? Key factors include aging cocoa trees, prevalent diseases, and adverse weather conditions in major producing areas like the Ivory Coast and Ghana.

These challenges have led to a significant drop in production just as global demand remains strong. The sudden price spikes have forced chocolate manufacturers to halt operations and face increased costs, creating a ripple effect throughout the global supply chain.

Why does it matter?

This crisis highlights the vulnerability of relying on limited regions for global cocoa supply and the broader implications for food security and economic stability. With futures trading at historic lows, the market's liquidity is severely compromised, increasing the risk of further volatility and potential business failures.

This situation is a wake-up call for the need for more resilient agricultural practices and diversified sourcing strategies to withstand similar shocks in the future. The cocoa shortage not only impacts chocolate production but also has broader economic implications, affecting everything from local farmers in West Africa to global commodity markets.

💡 Wait, what's a future? Futures trading is a bit like booking a vacation package in advance at a set price. Just as you might pay today for a holiday that you'll take months later, securing the cost regardless of future price changes or availability, trading futures involves agreeing on a price for cocoa now, to be bought or sold at a future date, regardless of how market prices may fluctuate in the meantime.

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