In Malaysia, cocoa is one of the most valued and important commodities traded globally. The cocoa cultivated area in 2018 was 15,007 hectares. The cocoa processing and manufacturing sector has contributed 0.1% of the total national GDP. Malaysia is reputably known as the second largest processing center in Asia and the seventh biggest grinder of cocoa beans in the world.
Malaysian Cocoa and cocoa products have grown rapidly in the global markets and have extensive market coverage to more than 100 market destinations worldwide. The export earnings from cocoa and cocoa products registered at RM5.551 billion in 2018. The cocoa butter remained the major contributor to the total export earnings accounted for 28.3% followed by re-export of cocoa beans (25.7%), chocolate (18.6%), cocoa powder (18.6%), cocoa paste (7.9%) and cocoa cake (0.8%).
In 2018, there were 51 chocolate and chocolate confectioneries manufacturers companies in Malaysia and 216 chocolate entrepreneurs have registered with the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB). Overall, the chocolate industry has contributed RM1.03 billion export earnings in 2018.