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Chocolate shop has plenty of business but not enough staff

Jul 23, 2021
Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine, has had "crazy growth," but it's competing with other local businesses for employees.
The interior of Dean's Sweets in downtown Portland, Maine.
Courtesy of Kristin Thalheimer Bingham

What your chocolate bar has to do with deforestation

Nov 8, 2019
Steven Mufson of The Washington Post explains why companies are struggling to farm cocoa sustainably.
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Weathering the hard times by selling chocolate

Nov 15, 2018
"People don't stop buying a few small luxuries" in a recession, one couple found.
Two holiday-themed chocolates from Dean's Sweets, Kristin Thalheimer Bingham's store in Portland, Maine.
Melissa Mullen

4 things you didn't know about chocolate

Feb 9, 2018
Dandelion Chocolate's Todd Masonis and Greg D'Alesandre talk cocoa.
Courtesy of Eric Wolfinger

Nestle Crunch bars may soon be a thing of the past

Jun 16, 2017
Nestle has announced it's looking for a buyer.
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Joy! Kinder Eggs are coming to America

May 22, 2017
The popular European treat is changing its packaging to comply with U.S. rules.
Kinder Joy is made up of two plastic halves of an egg. 
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Bumper crop of cocoa is no sweet deal for African farmers

Apr 17, 2017
Seventy percent of cocoa comes from West Africa, where a surplus means lower prices for growers.
An agricultural worker picks cocoa pods in the Ivory Coast village of Akati.
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How Hershey’s unusual corporate structure deters takeovers

Oct 28, 2016
Just in time for Halloween’s candy splurge-fest, the Hershey Company is releasing its latest earnings report today. The company was in the news this summer after rival Mondelez attempted an ultimately unsuccessful $23 billion takeover bid. Hershey’s unusual structure, in which the majority of shares are held by a trust which oversees a local nonprofit […]
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