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#364937 - 01/23/10 09:19 PM Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold  
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Green & Black's Chocolate is marketing organic chocolate named Maya Gold. The wrapper states this chocolate is from their project in Belize. It's delicious!

http://greenandblacks.com/us/from-bean-to-bar/Belize-project.html

#364942 - 01/23/10 10:46 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: clover]  
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Yes, but watch out. G&B was bought by Cadbury a couple of years ago, and now Cadbury is being bought by Kraft. Who knows what sort of brand marketing will be going on!

#364945 - 01/24/10 12:20 AM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: Peter Jones]  
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So you're telling me the G&B chocolate from Belize that I just consumed is actually being marketed by Cadbury? Then at some point in time it will be marketed by Kraft?
Peter- Who cares!! (it's still the same chocolate)

#364951 - 01/24/10 09:31 AM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: clover]  
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Originally Posted by clover
it's still the same chocolate

That's precisely the point. Many in the industry believe it will "evolve" to become like most of their other products. The founders of G&B have recently talked on the need to maintain its organic roots, clearly because they know the pressures the brand will be under.

But for the time being at least it is the same chocolate and it's delicious. Let's hope it remains so.

Just to back up my concerns, read http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/...-moves-fast-to-silence-the-doubters.html

Some excerpts from this long article:-

Another major concern about the deal is that Kraft will lose sight of the philanthropic principles upon which Cadbury was founded and purports to follow. The recent certification of Dairy Milk in the UK as Fair Trade and the future of the Green & Black's organic brand have been called into question.

Mr Osanloo [director of strategy at Kraft] says that many of the savings will not be related to jobs but to areas such as procurement streamlining and sourcing of commodities such as cocoa, dairy and sugar
[so they may wish to discontinue minor sources such as those used for G&B]

But:
Both times Green & Black's has been taken over, the buyer has had grand plans for change, Mr Sams said, such as adding non-organic bars to the range. Both times, that has not happened and it has not been for sentimental reasons.

#364956 - 01/24/10 11:34 AM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: Peter Jones]  
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Or you could switch to Kakaw chocolate which is made right here in San Pedro from organic fair-trade cacao beans grown in Punta Gorda. They have a great 70% dark chocolate and also make various bars/individual chocs with orange, ginger, pineapple and chilli!!

#364963 - 01/24/10 02:59 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: HOT_Card]  
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Cotton Tree Lodge in PG is also making there own and marketing it in Belize as well as Goss Chocolate in Placencia I believe.

#364965 - 01/24/10 03:24 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: dabunk]  
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I have tried Cotton Tree, Goss and Kakaw. Kakaw is by far the superior Belize Chocolate! Cotton tree tasted like mud and Goss reminded me of candlewax, but thats just my humble opinion. smile

#364966 - 01/24/10 03:39 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: JZB]  
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Yeah, I agree with that assessment JZB.

#364967 - 01/24/10 04:00 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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would one of you please begin the custom of being planeside dispensing Kakaw? Belize's response to Hawaiian leis smile


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#364974 - 01/24/10 05:31 PM Re: Green & Black's chocolate/Maya Gold [Re: klcman]  
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I agree with you JZB. But where is Kakaw available to buy?

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