Jon Abt, who runs the 81-year-old appliance store with his three brothers, acknowledges most appliance stores don't pair chocolate bars and gummy candy with refrigerators and home theater systems. But Abt is not the average appliance store.
In a just released report titled “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” Mighty Earth, a global environmental campaign organization, claimed that 90 percent of protected national parks in the Ivory Coast have been deforested for growing cocoa while Ghana was undergoing a similar process.
San Francisco-based specialty retailer Lolli & Pops has spread its sweet stock into the Southwest by opening a store in Albuquerque, N.M. this month, kicking off a drive to double the chain’s number of locations by the end of 2018.
Askinosie Chocolate has introduced a new single-origin chocolate bar — the 72% Zamora, Amazonia Bar — marking the Springfield, Mo.-based chocolate company’s second partnership with a female-led farmer group
Swiss chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut will acquire the ingredients division of Pennsylvania-based Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, allowing Barry Callebaut to expand its specialties and decorations business in North America.
In pointing out that the global business supply chain is “broken,” Mars CEO Grant Reid said business needs to lead “transformational change” in order to tackle the most urgent threats facing the planet and its people.