Cadbury’s has issued a stark warning to chocolate lovers, claiming Dairy Milk bars could soon become a thing of the past.
The confectionery giant, now part of US-based company Mondelez, has insisted its chocolate supply is at risk of DRYING UP.
Sourcing their cocoa from Ghana for more than a century, Cadbury’s believes farming of the bean in the West African country is now more scantily practised than ever before.
As a result of unprofitable substance farming and the effects of climate change, young workers have moved away from farms and into the capital city of Accra in search of more money.
This means the production of Cadbury’s prized ingredient is in fewer, and older, hands than ever before, putting British favourites like Dairy Milk bars at risk of extinction.
The average life expectancy in Ghana is 63.5, but for its cocoa farmers it stands at just 55.
Yaa Peprah-Amekudzi, one of the company’s executives in Ghana, said: “There are big hurdles to Ghana remaining a large cocoa producing nation.”
The cacao tree, on which cocoa beans are grown, can survive only in humid rain forest conditions.
And the plant is under threat as rising temperatures suck moisture from soils.
Cadbury has made more than £300m worth of investments into farming communities to try and stem a chocolate crisis.
The firm hopes its ten-year Cocoa Life scheme will help villages boost profits and improve lives by giving kids bicycles to get to school to helping develop other businesses such as bakeries and soap-making.
A spokesman said: "Without cocoa there is no chocolate, without the next generation of cocoa farmers, there’s no cocoa."
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