chocolate

Hershey Pledges Improvement on Cacao, Palm Oil and Animal Welfare

Hershey's most recent corporate social responsibility report insists the company is ramping up efforts improving its record on cacao sourcing, palm oil procurement…

The Cocoa Industry’s Road to Sustainability

Even as demand for cocoa climbs, smallholder cocoa farmers often struggle to make ends meet. Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability for Cargill…

No, Chocolate Milk Doesn’t Help with Concussions After all

A research fiasco at the University of Maryland College Park finally ended last week when the university’s administration returned over $228,000 in funds.…

The Child Labor in Your Valentine’s Chocolate

It's painful to hear, but it's better in the long run, right? Those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate come at a steep human price.…

Mars Promises to End the Use of Artificial Food Colorings

This week, Mars announced that all of its food products, including those famous M&MS, will be free of artificial colors within five years.

Theo Chocolate: The Challenge of Going Green

What does it take to be sustainable in today's business world? We catch up with Joe Whinney, CEO and co-founder of Theo Chocolate,…

Is Mass Balance Pushing Your Chocolate Bar Too Far?

Big chocolate is jumping in the fair trade movement -- thanks to mass balance. Commodities are difficult to track and mass balance makes…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Goal for Certified Cocoa

The Hershey Company announced this week that it exceeded its goal for sourcing certified cocoa.

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…

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…

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.