Cocoa Pod Splitter – Assessment of Prototype Equipment

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This project has provided an objective assessment of prototype and commercial mechanical cocoa pod splitters developed in Australia and Brazil.

Mechanised cocoa pod splitting and bean recovery is essential if the Australian cocoa industry is to develop beyond its current niche. Mechanised cocoa bean recovery has the potential to reduce the cost of extraction from $1,500/tonne to a much more financially attractive $417/tonne.

Mechanised cocoa bean recovery also offers improved occupational health and safety outcomes for Australian cocoa industry workers.

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