Cocoa is an important ingredient used to make chocolate and other confectionery, and is also used for flavoring and cooking. The United States is one of the world's largest importers of cocoa, importing cocoa beans from Africa and South America and processing them into chocolate, chocolate products and other desserts.
The cocoa industry in the United States includes cocoa agriculture and cocoa processing industries. In cocoa agriculture, tropical climate, suitable soil and water sources enable farmers in the U.S. state of Hawaii to grow cocoa under the right conditions. In addition, the United States has small-scale cocoa cultivation in areas such as Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. However, due to factors such as climatic conditions and production costs, cocoa production in the United States is relatively low, and most of the cocoa beans need to be imported.
The cocoa processing industry in the United States is one of the largest in the world, mainly concentrated in New York City and New Jersey on the east coast. These regions have some large chocolate and confectionery manufacturers, such as Herscher and Mars, as well as some small and boutique chocolate manufacturers. These manufacturers produce a variety of chocolate and chocolate products by purchasing and processing imported cocoa beans. In addition, the cocoa processing industry in the United States also produces cocoa powder, cocoa butter and other cocoa products that can be used in food and beverage manufacturing, as well as in industries such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Cocoa prices are affected by a variety of factors, including global cocoa availability, political stability, weather changes, currency exchange rates, etc. In recent years, the cocoa industry has also faced a number of challenges, such as sustainability and social responsibility issues, including reducing poverty among growers and forced labor. These issues are attracting attention from consumers and manufacturers and driving industry reform and innovation.