ABIDJAN, March 9 (Reuters) -
* Ivory Coast cocoa grinders processed 191,000 tonnes of beans by the end of January, up from 184,000 tonnes the previous season, data from exporters’ association GEPEX showed on Monday.
* Grinders processed 48,000 tonnes of beans in January, up from 47,000 tonnes in the same period the previous year.
* The GEPEX data only covers six of the largest grinding companies, including Barry Callebaut, Olam and Cargill, among 12 active firms.
* Ivory Coast has total grinding capacity of 712,000 tonnes.
* The country is the world’s top cocoa producer and vies with the Netherlands for the spot of leading grinder. (Reporting by Ange Aboa; Editing by Juliette Jabkhiro and Louise Heavens)