North American Fourth-Quarter Cocoa-Bean Grindings

Following is a table detailing Canada, Mexico and U.S. cocoa grindings for the fourth quarter, according to the National Confectioners Association in Washington D.C.:

                            4Q        3Q        2Q        1Q        4Q       3Q
                          2011      2011      2011      2011      2010     2010
Cocoa beans ground  
 Metric tons           118,926   124,621   124,970   118,633   117,177  120,495
 QOQ%                   -4.57%    -0.28%     5.34%     1.24%    -2.75%    2.41%
 YOY%                    1.49%     3.42%     6.22%     2.16%     4.64%    1.71%
NOTE: The following companies responded to the survey: 
ADM Cocoa; Barry Callebaut; The Blommer Chocolate Co.; Cargill
Cocoa & Chocolate Co.; ECOM; Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.; Guittard
Chocolate Co.; The Hershey Company; Mars Chocolate North America;
Nestle Chocolate & Confections; World’s Finest Chocolate, Inc.

SOURCE: National Confectioners Association

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