Vietnam has produced the first UTZ Certified beans with the help of Cargill. Along with the Dutch government and the company Mars, Cargill has been working since 2004 to produce sustainable cocoa beans.
Cranberry Sweets & More, a confectionery shop in Empire, Ore., recently remodeled its store. Changes include new viewing windows to show how the candy is made, more retail space and the addition of a 40-foot chocolate machine.
Hershey Co. will stop selling the Starbucks brand of premium chocolate and its high-end brand of Cacao Reserve. The chocolate company's second-quarter earnings jumped 71% from a year ago, but it is finding that its higher-end offerings have not been successful in the recession.
Nestlé is holding a video contest for its Butterfinger candy bar, with the winner getting $25,000 and the chance to see the ad become a national TV spot. The submissions must use the tagline made famous by Bart Simpson from 1990 to 2001: "Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger."
Mars Snackfood will donate thousands of chocolate bars to the city that voters decide deserves "real chocolate relief." NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch will drive into the winning city and give away the chocolate on a Friday in September.