Retailers, consumers and prices
Check out the delicious possibility of fighting aging by eating chocolate.
New studies — albeit from chocolate maker Barry Callebaut — show that eating less than an ounce of a specially-made chocolate each day may help make your skin look younger.
The antioxidant-rich chocolate may help prevent wrinkles, boost elasticity and improve hydration, the company found. It said that it found a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process.
“Chocolate and health do not seem to fit together but it is a very interesting proposition: if I can eat something I like and it is good for me, that is great,” Barry Callebaut Chief Innovation Officer Hans Vriens told Reuters in an interview. “Chocolate is probably at the bottom of the list when you think about making food healthier.”
Perhaps this movement could spur sales. The functional chocolate market including organic and diet chocolate is seeing double-digit growth, easily outpacing 1-2 percent growth in the rest of the chocolate market, according to Kepler Capital Markets analyst Jon Cox.
U.S. chocolate maker Hershey and Italy’s privately owned Ferrero both said separately they were evaluating their options over a possible bid for Cadbury, the world’s No. 2 confectioner, but analysts still see hostile bidder Kraft’s $16.2 billion offer as the front runner.
Reuters and other media have reported Hershey, known for its namesake chocolates and Reese’s peanut butter cups, and Ferrero were discussing a joint bid and the UK Takeover panel asked the companies to clarify their intentions. They gave no hint whether they may be working together on a joint bid.
from Raw Japan:
Seems like the business men who are dealing with the market fallout may be learning something from the fairer sex when it comes using food to boost their mood.
According to a Brand Keys survey, men are reaching for chocolate bars more frequently these days. Every one of the 750 men in the survey, taken Friday through Sunday, said they were eating more chocolate.
Check out how high gas and commodity costs are crimping Hershey and Best Buy.
However, the largest U.S. chocolate company, which is meeting with analysts, said the pressures it faces — soaring prices for cocoa , energy and other commodities — remain the same.