A group of 35 experts from various Western European chocolate firms have been making a four-day tour of Ghana.
A group of 35 experts from various Western European chocolate firms have been making a four-day tour of Ghana. They are led by Dr. Caesar Dal Boca, President of the international Office of Cocoa and Chocolate. On Thursday (9 November) they visited the cocoa factory at Tema, where general manager Mr. C.M. Westherburn showed them the production line, and explained how the plant stood idle for several years after the 1966 coup. It was taken over by the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board, and can now process up to 32,000 tons of cocoa beans a year, turning them into butter, cale, liquor and powder forms--all for export. Recent trials to see whether the factory could also turn out high grade products were successful--as the visitors found when Mr. E.K. Sallah, manager of the chocolate production section, showed them some of the finished products.
SYNOPSIS: A group of thirty-five experts from chocolate-making firms throughout Western Europe have been touring Ghana. On Thursday they visited a Government-run factory at Tema.
The factory was unused for several years, following the turmoil of the 1966 coup--when Joshua Nkrumah was deposed as President. Then, it was taken over by the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board, and is now back in action turning cocoa into various forms--all for export. Finished chocolates are also being made on an experimental basis.
The visitors were told that experiments have been carried out to see whether the plant can be used for high-grade products. It seems to have been successful, and has confirmed the government's confidence in launching a two-and-a-half year plan to expand the factory.
The factory can already process up to thirty-two-thousand tons of beans a year, turning them into powder, cake or liquor, for exporting to the world's chocolate manufacturers.
The visitors represented many of the firms who buy the output from the factory, so they took a close, professional look at all its equipment.
And the experimental chocolates also obviously pleased them. The Ghanaian product evidently compared well with their own. But it's unlikely Ghana will start exporting finished chocolates, because taste varies so much from country to country.