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Cocoa prices hit $10,000 per metric ton for the first time ever

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Workers collect dry cocoa beans in front of the store of a cocoa cooperative in the village of Hermankono on Nov. 14, 2023.
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Cocoa reached hit a record Tuesday as supply constraints fuel prices higher.

Futures for May delivery were up 3.9% at $10,030 per metric ton, marking the first time the commodity breaks above the $10,000 mark. Cocoa has been on a tear this year, soaring nearly 138%.

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Ivory Coast, the biggest coca producer in the world, is facing hotter-than-normal temperatures — which have led to dryer-than-usual conditions and crop yields. An outbreak of cacao swollen shoot virus has helped dent supply as well.

The move comes as chocolate demand in countries such as the U.S. remains strong.

Correction: Cocoa prices are up more than 100% this year. A previous version misstated the move.

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