A summary in Monday's NCA SmartBrief incorrectly stated the financial details of Green & Black's. The organic chocolates are part of the Cadbury line, which grosses more than $7 billion a year. SmartBrief regrets the error.
A new television campaign in the U.K. warns that being overweight can lead to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The ads are part of a Change4Life initiative, supported by Tesco, Kellogg, Unilever and other companies, which urges people to "eat well, move more, live longer."
Chocolate sales in the U.S. are expected to rise to $18 billion by 2011, and despite a love of dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the real attraction here. Milk chocolate accounts for 80% of all chocolate sales.
A U.S. study found that an extract from grape seeds helped eliminate 76% of leukemia cells in 24 hours without damaging normal cells. The extract triggered the JNK protein, which is involved in controlling apoptosis, the self-destruction of cancer cells. The findings suggest that the agent could be used to avert or treat blood diseases and other forms of cancer, the lead researcher said.
Manju Bothra, a chocolate retailer from India's Rawdon Street, says chocolate is a great gift because people can customize the fillings at his shop. "There's a personal touch to what you are gifting, and that makes homemade chocolates so special," says Kanupriya Bajoria, another candy maker.
Just four days after Christmas, the Tesco supermarket in Ilkeston, England, has put Easter goods on its shelves. Cadbury's Creme Eggs, Easter Chicks and chocolate bunnies already are for sale next to holiday candy, which recently was marked down.