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  • Chocolate lovers, brace yourselves this Easter. The cost of the confectionery has jumped over the past year and may rise more. The Financial Times reports.

  • The Easter Bunny tends to put a bounce in chocolate sales, but the industry is under threat from changing consumption patterns and difficulties with cocoa farming.

  • Lindt stock is very expensive: Pro

    Jon Cox, head of Swiss equities at Kepler Cheuvreux, weighs in on Lindt’s latest earnings report, and why he remains cautious on the food and drinks sector overall.

  • The Mars empire

    Tracey Massey, Mars Chocolate North America president, discusses the company's strategy, the M&M's brand, and the state of the confectionery industry amid the "war on sugar."

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Arabica coffee and raw sugar futures fell on Wednesday, driven down by a broad-based retreat in crude oil and other commodity markets. Cocoa futures were mixed as a weak pound boosted the London contract while dollar-denominated New York futures fell. May arabica coffee futures fell 2.00 cents or 1.7 percent to $1.1725 per lb by 1306 GMT while May...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 22- Arabica coffee futures rallied almost 4 percent on Monday for their best daily gain in nearly three months on short covering, while cocoa rose on continued concerns about tightening supplies from Ivory Coast due to dry weather. "I anticipate a little further bounce to $1.23, but we will need much more news to go higher," said Hector Galvan,...

  • LONDON, Feb 22- Sugar futures on ICE edged up on Monday from 4-1/ 2- month lows, while arabica coffee firmed on technically driven buying and London cocoa benefited from a sharply weaker pound. Speculators cut their bullish raw sugar position on ICE Futures U.S., for the fourth straight week, to a 4-1/ 2- month low in the week ended Feb. 16, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading...

  • ABIDJAN, Feb 16- Dutch commodity firm Amtrada has sold Ivory Coast cocoa exporter Cipexi, which it fully owned, to Swiss trading house Origins for about 8 million euros, Origins said on Tuesday. The move, which puts an end to Amtrada's operations in the West African country, was finalised last week and marks an expansion for Origins, giving it a foothold in physical...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- Itochu Corp, one of Japan's biggest trading companies, said on Monday it has agreed to buy a stake in a new joint venture with privately-owned cocoa trader and processor Transmar Group, marking its first foray into the chocolate market. Under the terms of the deal, the companies will form a joint venture called Transmar Group Ltd, which will be based in...

  • ABIDJAN, Feb 8- More dry and hot weather last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions damaged cocoa trees, young flowers and small pods, threatening to delay and reduce the next mid-crop, farmers said on Monday. The dry season in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, runs from mid-November to March. The plants need water, "said Salame Kone, who farms in the...

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 4- Candy bars have shrunk and economic growth in Asia has slowed, meaning people are eating less chocolate and its key ingredient cocoa, which has seen its price fall this year after defying commodities trends to soar in 2015.. High prices for ingredients last year- including nuts and milk as well as cocoa- helped make chocolate a less affordable...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 1- Cocoa futures soared 4 percent in heavy volume on Monday, in a corrective rally spurred by crop weather concerns in top grower Ivory Coast and oversold market conditions, causing the New York market to make its biggest jump in 3-1/ 2 years. March New York cocoa settled up $107, or 3.9 percent, at $2,868 per tonne after trading in a wide $131 range,...

  • NEW YORK/ JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA, Jan. 18- Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon's farm in Nicaragua's mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee. But with temperatures on the rise, the veteran coffee farmer is shifting his lower-lying land to a crop that, although new for him, enjoys a rich...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- Some of the smallest niche agricultural commodities were the biggest winners this year as weather and disease raised concerns about tightening supplies, spurring a buying spree as an exodus of institutional cash punished oil, metals and grains markets. Cocoa, cotton, sugar and frozen concentrated orange juice on ICE Futures U.S. were on track to...

  • *Cocoa part of diversification away from oil. LAGOS, Dec 7- Nigeria, already hit by low oil prices, faces a threat to its cocoa sector with industry officials saying its few remaining grinders could close. Taiwo Ayoade, general manager at Plantation Industries Ltd in Ondo, Nigeria's largest cocoa-producing state, said his 25,000 tonnes processor had scaled down...

  • Hershey's chocolate bars.

    Commodities have been crashing this year but there's one in particular that has hit the sweet spot.

  • Barry Callebaut's recipe for success

    Andreas Jacobs, chairman of Barry Callebaut, tells CNBC's Christine Tan how he is continuing the legacy of his father, German-born entrepreneur Klaus Jacobs.

  • China's chocolate sales will grow to $4.3 billion by 2019, up nearly 60 percent from 2014, driven by a growing urban population, a Hershey official said.

  • Sweet deal: United Cacao floats on London's AIM

    Dennis Melka, CEO of United Cacao Limited, discusses the company's ambitions to become the "largest cacao supplier" in the world.

  • Chocolate shortage? Hold on a second

    Prices of chocolate have soared nearly 20 percent over the last 18 months. CNBC's Sara Eisen explains why some say talks of a potential cocoa shortage are exaggerated.