ABIDJAN, March 23 (Reuters) - Cameroon cocoa bean and product exports reached 209,000 tonnes by the end of February, down 9 percent from the same period last season, official data from regulator ONCC showed on Friday.
• Cocoa bean exports were 162,000 tonnes, down 28 percent from the same period last season.
• Sole grinder SIC CACAO, owned by Barry Callebaut, ground 47,000 tonnes of beans, up by a third compared with the same period last season.
• SIC CACAO increased grinding capacity to 50,000 tonnes from 30,000 tonnes.
• Cameroon is world’s fifth-biggest cocoa producer and No.3 in Africa behind Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Reporting by Ange Aboa Editing by Tim Cocks and David Goodman