Sisters and Brothers, while I always want you to have excellent chocolate that will not harm your body or soul, I also know that every one of us has to think about how much money this piece of candy, this drink, or this cookie might cost. If you've wondered what contributes to the cost of chocolate and why fine chocolate can seem beyond your wallet, you might want to check out this article from Confectionary News.com.
While the price fixing investigation and trial seem finished in Germany, ongoing investigations are happening in Canada and the USA. Many of the companies involved may not be familiar to you by name but all of them are big players in the chocolate world and if they indeed price fixed it would have raised prices worldwide.
I'm not saying that all company joint efforts are necessarily a bad thing. In the past many companies of banded together to oppose slave labor on cocoa farmers and today more and more companies are working together to pursue fair trade and substainable agricultural practices.
Cooperation can be good for the consumer, for the world, but far too often the only "good" big businesses cooperating does is for their CEOs wallets.
Also a recall notice that I just became aware of:
See’s Candies, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on 1.7oz Divinity Egg with Walnuts, code L.A.D. 102/13
Susan Pasarow / Christina Wong / Lydia You / Rosa Muniz
Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -February 28 , 2013 - See’s Candies, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is recalling one code of 1.7 ounce Divinity Easter Egg with Walnuts, because some boxes labeled Divinity with Walnuts may actually contain Peanut Butter Eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The total number of boxes produced that may contain peanut butter is 64 of a run of 2,048 Divinity with Walnuts Eggs.
The product was distributed to See’s shops in Arizona, California, Nevada, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
The product is sold individually in boxes labeled See’s Candies Divinity With Walnuts, 1.7 oz. The only code affected by this recall is L.A.D. 102/13, and is visible on the inside back of the box, through the cellophane window.
There is no reported allergen reaction or illness attributed to this product.
Concerned consumers should return the product or the receipt to any See’s Candies Shop or the location where it was purchased for a full refund or exchange. Any consumers with questions about this recall should also contact See’s Consumer Affairs at 1-800-789-7337.