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Ecuador Cocoa Exports Drop 42% to 10,172 Metric Tons: Anecacao

Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Cocoa exports from Ecuador, the world’s top grower of flavored beans used in fine chocolate, fell to 10,172 metric tons in August, a 42 percent decrease from a year earlier.

Ecuador shipments fell from 17,627 metric tons in August 2011, according to an e-mailed statement today from the National Cocoa Exporters Association, known as Anecacao. Exports rose from 6,937 metric tons in July, the group said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nathan Gill in Quito News at ngill4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net

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