PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) - Barry Callebaut, the world’s biggest chocolate maker, expects global cocoa supply will be in line with demand in 2013/14, its chief executive said on Thursday.
The company had previously expected a small deficit, but CEO Juergen Steinemann said a better-than-expected harvest in West Africa had helped boost supply, erasing the deficit.
“I don’t consider there will be a deficit this year,” Steinemann said. “I believe it will be balanced.”
In February the International Cocoa Organization forecast a global cocoa deficit of 115,000 tonnes in 2013/14. (Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide, Writing by Sarah McFarlane; editing by Jason Neely)