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An effort by food and beverage companies to remove calories from the products they sell in the U.S. has far exceeded its five-year goal.
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"There is a lot more demand in the world for cocoa and chocolate," said Larry Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association.
Replacing a ton of cocoa has gone from $2,200 to $2,700, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.
Investors have made some nice profits on chocolate stocks and with growth in Asia exploding, the chocolate outlook is strong, this trader says.
Halloween candy sales are projected to top $2.3 billion, up 1 percent from last year.
Take a look at some of Thursday midday movers:
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Thursday, with markets still boosted by raised hopes the Federal Reserve will not start tapering off its asset purchases until next year.
With stocks near record highs, strategists are recommending investors focus on stock-picking select names and sectors, rather than the broader market.
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The iconic American candymaker is also targeting global markets with new products.
Chocoholics face higher prices for their sweet treats as candy makers deal with higher prices for cocoa butter.
Google, which is known for nick-naming its mobile operating systems after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall.
Apple will hold an event Sept. 10, the company confirmed on Tuesday—potentially starting the clock ticking on the newest version of the iPhone.
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Stocks have had a run of bad days as investors worry about the effects of Fed tapering, which could start as soon as September. But some experts say the markets have it all wrong.
Although shares of many packaged food companies are hitting all-time highs, there is still room at the table for new investors to join the food stock feast.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Wary of rising rates, stock traders will keep an eye on the bond market Thursday as another wave of earnings reports roll in.
Citi added Hershey to its "Top Picks Live!" list, raising its price target to $110. CNBC's Jane Wells reports Citi believes sales will grow almost 10 percent.