Tag - chocolate



Futures of robusta coffee beans have hit their highest price in over 40 years, while cocoa prices have more than doubled this year.
BUSINESS / Markets
May 9, 2024
Cocoa’s dizzying volatility is spilling into the coffee market
Many major traders deal in both commodities, so soaring cocoa prices are squeezing market players for cash and forcing them out of coffee trading.
Customers look at chocolate bars at Cacao Store, a specialist chocolate store, in Tokyo. Japan is a large market for high-value confectionery and it sources about 75% of its cocoa imports from Ghana.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 30, 2024
Chocoholics in Japan set for sticker shock after cocoa price surge
Crop declines in top suppliers Ivory Coast and Ghana leave buyers struggling for beans and prices more than doubling since the start of the year.
Japanese chocolatier Yasushi Sasaki holds a box of chocolates in his workshop in the Brussels commune of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 27, 2024
A Japanese 'flavor wizard' conquers the homeland of chocolate
Yasushi Sasaki has been named Brussels' chocolatier of the year by the prestigious Gault & Millau food guide.
A farmers open cocoa pods in Cote d’Ivoire in October 2018. Many West African farmers make just enough to subsist, with most lacking the means to re-invest in their small plots.
Mar 13, 2024
The meltdown in chocolate is coming as prices signal supply shortages
It’s worth remembering that cocoa beans traded a year ago for $2,500 and that in 2000 they changed hands at just $650.
Customers look for Valentine's Day chocolate at Kintetsu Department Store's flagship outlet in the city of Osaka in January.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 8, 2024
Japan’s Valentine’s Day chocolate budget sees 34% rise
About 22% of survey participants said they would purchase chocolates for themselves — 3.4 times more than those buying for a romantic partner.
Seiste's ¥1,650 limited-edition ice cream will be available for eat-in customers throughout the Valentine's Day period at the Matsuya department store in Tokyo's Ginza district.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 25, 2024
Tokyo department stores to offer in-store dining options for Valentine's Day
In recent years, the Feb. 14 celebration has evolved from a day of gifting sweets to a celebration of love for chocolate.
A boy forced to engage in child labor carries a sack of cocoa beans in the Ashanti Region of Ghana in 2011. Ghana is Japan's biggest supplier of cocoa.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2023
Chocolate producers aim to stamp out child labor in supply chains
Though not many consumers in Japan are aware of or sensitive to the issue, some chocolate producers in the country have decided to take a stand.
A farmer at his cocoa farm in Gabeadji near San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, in January
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 1, 2023
Chocolate could get even pricier if Africa’s cocoa crop flops
Cocoa prices have soared on fears that bad weather and crop disease will hurt output in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, which make up two-thirds of world supply.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE RECIPE BOX
Feb 19, 2022
Recipe: Tofu chocolate mousse
This delicious chocolate mousse made of tofu is easy to make and will supply you with enough dessert to get you through the week.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2022
Aichi chocolate-maker offers workers with disabilities inclusiveness and a better wage
Quon chocolate is hoping to go mainstream with its products, which are made with the help of people who have a range of physical and mental disabilities.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 10, 2021
A glimpse of Louis Vuitton’s luxe Le Cafe V Ginza
The French fashion house collaborated with chef Yosuke Suga to design the menu — and the world's first Louis Vuitton chocolates.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2021
Family Mart serves up a game-changing dessert
Family Mart was never a go-to shop after dinner, but two new treats promise to change all that — as long as you eat all your vegetables.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Feb 12, 2021
Will you be my pandemic Valentine?
The coronavirus is making people rethink traditional Valentine's Day customs.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 10, 2021
Episode 81: Chocolate in Japan — from Paris to the Ogasawara Islands
As Valentine's Day approaches, Jeana Cadby, Ph.D. in specialty cacao and craft chocolate, takes us on a tour through the history and growth of chocolate in Japan.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2021
On the hunt for chocolate cake? Surprisingly, Sushiro has you covered.
With its new double-chocolate cake, the famous sushi chain is the Valentine's Day destination we didn't know we needed.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2020
Need some pre-holiday indulgence? These chocolate sweets have you covered.
There may not be any holiday parties this year, but that just means you have even more reason to put together a festive convenience store smorgasbord.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2020
Ivory Coast, Ghana halt cocoa farm aid to punish businesses for 'not supporting farmers'
Competing viewpoints of chocolate markets and cocoa producers have collided in spectacular fashion, thrusting normally hidden machinations into rare public view.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 21, 2020
Take hot chocolate to the next level
Warm up your winter with these boozy hot chocolate recipes, perfect for both outdoor dining or a cozy night in.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2020
Mister Donuts celebrates its 50th with a matcha-chocolate collaboration
The celebratory “Matcha no Odoroki Series” brings together the talents of patissier Toshi Yoroizuka and Kyoto-based green tea producer Gion Tsujiri.
Japan Times
May 10, 2020
Chocolatier in Kyoto starts gift initiative for medical workers battling virus
The chocolatier's initiative is intended to comfort frontline health care workers, reduce its stock and support cacao farmers at the same time.


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