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Beans to Bar: Researching the Chocolate Industry

A companion research guide for the 4/12/23 Informed Consumer event, "Beans to Bar."

Chocolate Facts!

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  • Almost 70 percent of the world's supply of cocoa beans comes from West Africa.
  • Milton Hershey has been compared to Henry Ford since he applied mass production techniques to chocolate manufacturing.
  • The development of plant-based chocolate is a growing trendThe Hershey Company just released a plant-based Reese's peanut butter cup.
  • The demand for premium, dark, and organic chocolate is increasing.
  • Chocolate is an impulse purchase for 40 percent of consumers.