The Cocoa Processing Company Limited has shut down two of its cocoa processing plants following what authorities say are severe operational challenges facing the company.
The shut down of the company has thus resulted in hundreds of workers jobless as they have been ordered by management to extend their annual leave while the factory remains shut.
This is not the first time the company has been shut down. In the 2011/2012 operational year, the company shut down for a while due to interruptions in water and electricity supply which continued to pose huge challenges to its operations. Meanwhile the shut down of the plant is expected to affect the production of chocolate varieties including Tetteh Quarshie Bar, Kingsbite, Oranco bar, Akuafo Bar, Portem Pride, Portem Nut, Coffeechoc, Choco-Bake, Choco Delight (chocolate spread), Groundnut Coated with Chocolate (Pebbles (Chocolate dragees)) and Royal Natural Cocoa Powder.