Chocolate is universally loved, hence global demand for it remains constant. It’s no wonder research and development of new applications for this old flavor persist.

Fair trade sourcing, dark chocolate and understanding the health message of flavanols in cocoa are current trends in this sweet category. So are inclusions and coatings for “good-for-you” snacks, such as nutrition bars and cereals, some containing added proteins and fiber, says John Zima, director of sales for ADM Cocoa in Milwaukee (www.adm.com/en-us/products/cocoa).

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