NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The global cocoa market will see a supply surplus of 71,900 tonnes in the current 2018/19 year, on the back of last year’s smaller surplus, Connecticut-based brokerage JSG Commodities said on Thursday.
* That follows a surplus of 21,620 tonnes last year reported by the International Cocoa Organization.
* World production is expected to be 4.81 million tonnes in the current crop year that began Oct. 1, higher than last year’s 4.64 million tonnes, said Eric Bergman, a vice president at JSG Commodities in Norwalk.
* Total grindings in 2018/19 are expected to be 4.69 million tonnes, Bergman said.
* Top producer Ivory Coast is in the midst of harvesting what is expected to be a record-large crop.
* Output from second-largest producer Ghana appears to be stagnating, but steadily growing production from Ecuador is helping to offset the effects of that stagnation, Bergman said. (Reporting by Ayenat Mersie; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)