Ritter Sport has taken a step towards securing its supply chain by setting up a huge cocoa plantation in Guatemala based on sustainable methods. This year will see the first modest harvest.
For the consumer it's sweet, for the farmer more bitter – the global price of cocoa fell in the last year and many producers are feeling the strain.
A new study from the University of Manchester suggests it may be hard to be both a British environmentalist and a chocolate lover. Massive water usage, greenhouse gases and packaging have a huge impact.
Stereotypical images of German bread, beer and sausages have begun to fade in Japan as imports of fine wines, quality meat and high-end chocolate and cocoa products rise. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
In Sierra Leone, where communities are recovering from years of hard times, chocolate could just be an essential ingredient in the recipe for a sustainable future. And it could even save local wildlife.
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