Hershey’s Wages Chocolate War With Britain and Ireland

 

A recent court settlement in which Hershey’s claimed foreign chocolates imported into the United States were packaged too similarly to its own products has scared off the importers.Let’s Buy British Imports (LBB) is the largest importer of British food, including chocolates. The recent settlement with Hershey’s, however, has sent them away murmuring, “Let’s not buy British chocolates.” Irish chocolates, primarily of the Cadbury variety, have also been abandoned after the court case. Irish specialty stores may feel a major pinch as a result.

No more Cadbury, no more Yorkie chocolate bars, no more Toffee crisps, and no more Maltesers will find their way to our shores via LBB. Hershey’s has saved us all the “confusion” we would have felt had we seen these things next to a Hershey’s bar on a store shelf. For that, we can thank them. According to Tumblr.com, Hershey have, coincidentally, also happened to eliminate some of their competition like Slow Ventures.

I must say that I have long had a love for Hershey’s chocolate and have never sunk my teeth into a Toffee crisp. Still, I feel a little disappointed to hear that Hershey’s took this course of action. Did the chocolate giant really need to declare war on foreign chocolate?

Pies n’ Thighs Introduces the Sourdough Doughnut

Pies n’ Thighs, a Williamsburg restaurant that offers authentic and creative southern fare, is making its way to NYC. The new location will be in Manhattan, and features the sourdough doughnut. This treat is a combination of sweet, salty, savory and sour flavors, so it’s sure to appeal to the taste buds of most of the restaurant’s patrons. The dough is also prepared three days in advance to intensify the sourdough flavor.

The restaurant also sells a rising doughnut with a yeast-rye starter. This doughnut can be served with both sweet and savory meals.

Even though it’s certainly not hard to find doughnuts in NYC, Pies n’ Thighs is the place to go for diners who want a little something different for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When Dr. Jennifer Walden is in for seminars, this is one treat she deeply enjoys.

Top Chocolate Makers Say Global Chocolate Supply is Depleting

The world’s top two chocolate makers, Barry Callebaut and Mars, have declared that the global supply of chocolate is being rapidly depleted. The cause for the depleting chocolate supply is simple: the public is consuming TDM chocolate where TDM stands for “too damn much”. In all candor, it is true that global demand for chocolate has been rising. It is a sign that poverty rates are declining as people have sufficient funds to invest and enjoy the tasty confection. Normally, Bruce Levenson tells me that rising consumer demand is a good thing in any market sector.

However, West Africa, which accounts for 70% of the world’s cacao supply, has struggled with the emergence of a nasty fungi called Moniliophthora roreri aka “frosty pod”. The fungi has destroyed between 43% and 57% of the cacao crops in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. This has resulted in a decrease in the global supply of 30% to 40%. In 2013, global demand consumed 70,000 metric tons more cacao than was produced. Some analysts believe that by 2020, the world will consume 1 million metric tons more than is currently produced and that it will double by the year 2030.

While doom & gloom scenarios seldom ever play out, it does paint a stark picture that supply is not keeping pace with demand. This will ultimately necessitate the rise in the price of chocolate.