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Nestlé USA to Eliminate Artificial Flavors and Colors

Nestle USA recently announced it is removing artificial flavors and artificial colors from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of…
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Lead and Cadmium Found in Popular Chocolate Candies

The nonprofit foundation As You Sow tested 42 chocolate products for lead and cadmium, and found that 26 of them (62 percent) have…
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Ecotourism in Ecuador: Eating Chocolate Like a Locavore

When I think seriously about becoming a locavore, I cringe at the thought of giving up coffee, avocados and especially chocolate. But now…
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Chocolate, Human Rights and Access to Justice

Consumer chocolate may be the product of severe human rights abuses, including child slave labor in West Africa. Are multinational corporations liable in…
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Hershey Exceeds 2013 Goal for Certified Cocoa

The Hershey Company announced this week that it exceeded its goal for sourcing certified cocoa.
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Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

First it's wine, now it's chocolate. What's this world coming to? Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the…
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Attention Shoppers: Your Holiday Purchases Have Power

With 70 percent of the American economy based on consumer spending, holiday shoppers have the leverage to use that spending power for social…
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Ben Affleck and Theo Chocolate Collaborate on Congolese Jobs

Actor Ben Affleck and chocolatier Joe Whinney are on a mission. Their goal: to kickstart organic chocolate production in the Congo.
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Scharffen Berger Booted Out of Whole Foods Over Child Labor Concerns

Whole Foods announced that it was removing Scharffen Berger chocolate from its stores’ shelves because of doubts over Hershey's child labor issues.
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Why Certifications Like Rainforest Alliance Matter

One certification program that keeps growing, avoids controversy, and now scores more multinationals under its umbrella is Rainforest Alliance
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Fair Trade: How to Vote with Your Wallet

Walking the grocery store aisles can be daunting if you know a thing or two about international supply chains. In honor of Fair…
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Why Whole Foods Doesn’t Ask Hershey’s to Raise the Bar on Child Labor

The answer might be found in the concept that the company's CEO believes in - conscious capitalism.
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Hershey’s Sweetens Stakeholder Engagement

Hershey’s is getting with the program, and its most recent CSR report is a step in the right direction on responsible sourcing and…
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For the Love of Chocolate: Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Cocoa Program

As a nod to Valentine’s and the associated obsession with chocolate, Rainforest Alliance hosted a webinar on February 13, 2012: “Greening the Cocoa…
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Hershey’s Needs to ‘Raise the Bar’ to Meet Fair Labor Practices

The Hershey Company has been accused of using child labor before. It’s rather ironic for a candy company but after they issued their…