The big agricultural trading houses, which are still resisting the minimum pricing system introduced by Ivory Coast and Ghana last year, now risk seeing their share of the chocolate market reduced in favour of their Ivorian competitors.
As it struggles to make cocoa traders pay the premium introduced last year in conjunction with Ghana, Ivory Coast is preparing to take its own steps in trading by opening a marketing office in China.
Africa's coffee producers would like to impose the same demands on multinationals as Ghana and Ivory Coast have done on cacao but are struggling to coordinate their efforts. Their battle has everyone involved, from the Fine Coffees Association to the International Coffee Organization.
This summer, the International Monetary Fund conducted an audit of the cocoa sector. The upshot is that the Conseil Café Cacao has severed all ties with those close to power who have not settled outstanding debts from previous cocoa harvests.
The Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) is no longer holding its revenues with the Ivorian branches of French banks, preferring instead to use African establishments as a matter of course.
The 2018-2019 cocoa bean commercialisation campaign is turning into a nightmare for local cocoa traders. Here's why.