High sugar prices sour the mood on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2024
Manufacturers of sweets and candies face rising costs for sugar and cocoa due to weather patterns and disease denting supply.
The costs of both sugar and cocoa have climbed — making the costs of Valentine's Day chocolates rather bittersweet for candy lovers.
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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.

Is there a global chocolate shortage coming?

Jun 7, 2016
Exporters are taking issue with a recent batches of cocoa beans, an important ingredient in chocolate.
Chocolates are assembled into a gift box at a New York City shop in 2007. Demand for cocoa beans, a main chocolate ingredient, has been high for many years, but the supply continues to suffer. 
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Ben Affleck on sustainable aid in the Eastern Congo

Dec 8, 2014
"We wanted to do something sustainable that would raise incomes and that would be there long after we were gone," Affleck says.

Chocolate lovers beware: Cocoa prices near record highs

Oct 29, 2013
Cocoa prices are near record highs, as farmers who have switched to more lucrative crops have driven down supply.

Falling cocoa prices hurt Colombia's war on cocaine

Aug 16, 2012
Some farmers who took up cocoa farming in place of coca are returning to the crop from which cocaine is made.

A bittersweet moment for the cocoa market

Jan 23, 2012
The price of cocoa has started to fall around the world as demand has dropped off -- but these prices might not last for long.

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