Ancient people of the Americas – Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs revered the bitter cocoa drink and drank it at ceremonies. Colonialists kidnapped Africans to work in plantations. Nowadays, we savour its delicious flavour, affordable and abundant.
Swiss firm Barry Callebaut said on Thursday that production had been halted after the contamination was discovered.
The chocolate syringes are called “L’Atch’a Azteka”, a word play on the sound of a sneeze and ancient chocolate consumers, the Aztecs.
The move comes as Nestle and its rivals are under pressure from a shift in consumer preferences toward healthier food and away from processed products such as instant noodles and frozen pizza.
Confectionery companies have been facing a tough time as consumers turn increasingly towards healthier snacks, but Lindt has fared better than some mass-market rivals thanks to its high-margin premium products and retail network.
A controversy surrounding the Trust which holds voting rights in Hershey could allow Mondelez to push ahead with its bid to buyout the company.
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