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Cocoa Shortage Sparks Concerns: Chocolate Makers Brace for Impact

The cocoa industry faces a formidable challenge as cocoa prices surge, doubling over the past year. This surge is primarily driven by a shortage of cocoa beans, compounded by climate change-induced disruptions and agricultural complexities. Extreme weather events, such as droughts and excessive rainfall, have severely impacted cocoa-growing regions, resulting in reduced yields. Additionally, factors like the aging cocoa tree population and the proliferation of pests and diseases have exacerbated the supply constraints, presenting a significant obstacle for chocolate manufacturers. In response to the soaring cocoa prices, industry leaders like Hershey and Cadbury's parent company, Mondelez, are at a pivotal moment. Initially, they managed to mitigate the impact through pricing adjustments, but they now face a consumer base increasingly resistant to absorbing further cost burdens. Consequently, both entities are considering additional price hikes to offset cocoa inflation. Hershey