Cocoa bean shortage threatens choc as we know it

THE humble candy bar could soon change beyond recognition as palm oil, chemical flavorings and fillers replace increasingly scarce cocoa beans and expensive ingredients.

And that means real chocolates will become a luxury item -- for the wealthy only.

"People are prepared to pay 70 pounds ($113) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) for chocolate" said Angus Kennedy, a former chocolate taster for major manufacturers.

And he warned that if chocolatiers continue with "business as usual", the world could find itself with a shortage of cocoa beans within seven years.

"The industry is keeping it fairly quiet at the moment, but they're all looking very carefully at the situation over the next few years," Kennedy said.

Read more at NBC news



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