We’re Running out of Chocolate! And Bordeaux wine!

Curated by CLAI

RUNNING OUT OF CHOCOLATE: Last year, the world ate 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. By 2020, that number could swell to 1 million metric tons, a more than 14-fold increase; by 2030, they think the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons.

  • Dry weather in West Africa (specifically in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where more than 70% of the world’s cocoa is produced) has greatly decreased production in the region.
  • A nasty fungal disease known as frosty pod hasn’t helped either.
  • The International Cocoa Organization estimates it has wiped out between 30% and 40% of global coca production.
Chocolate

Chocolate (beerscenemag.com)

CHINA’S BORDEAUX OBSESSION: Chinese investors now own almost 100 chateaus out of the 7,400 wine estates in the Bordeaux region. Shipments of Bordeaux wines to mainland China, their largest export market by volume and value.

Wine bottles on rack

Wine (decanter.com)

 

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