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The Meaningful Chocolate Company, a company “passionate about ethical trading and faith”, has produced the eggs for three years

Easter eggs: what would Jesus eat?

It feels like the Anglican Church has given up railing against the lost meaning of Easter eggs – it’s sponsored its own.

Claire Beale on Marketing and Branding: Confectioners in court over a choccy bar

Not many chocolate fiends are particularly fussy about the form their cocoa fix takes. Whether your chocolate comes in squares or buttons generally matters less than what it tastes like.

Christmas: The one time of the year when an argument is fun

It's Christmas and you know what that means...turkey, and arguments

Premier extends licence for Cadbury cakes

Premier Foods yesterday extended its licence with Cadbury to continue making cakes under the chocolate company's brand through to 2017.

Chocolate feeds inflation rise

Inflation, measured by the Consumer Prices Index, jumped to 2.7 per cent last month from 2.2 per cent in September, largely because of rising food costs. But in the case of chocolate bars it was a case of less meaning more.

Jeff Arnett, Master distiller at Jack Daniel's: '‘anywhere in the world I smell hickory, it takes me straight home'

My Life In Food: Jeff Arnett, master distiller at Jack Daniel's

'Anywhere in the world I smell hickory, it takes me straight home'

'Cadbury law' to be reviewed

Tougher rules on takeover bids which were introduced last year in the wake of Kraft's controversial acquisition of Cadbury are to be reviewed.

Cadbury wins court battle over purple packaging

Cadbury owns the colour purple – in chocolate packaging terms at least, a High Court judge has ruled.

Cadbury wins legal battle over purple packaging

Cadbury owns the colour purple – in chocolate packaging terms at least, a High Court judge has ruled.

Carluccio's has just released its new pre-prepared Italian meals

On The Menu: Carluccio's Lasagne; Fry's Vegetarian Mince; bee pollen; Dr Dre Beats

This week I've been eating... Carluccio's Lasagne

Peltz stirs takeover talk at InterContinental Hotels

A New York billionaire famed for dating Victoria Principal has taken a stake in InterContinental Hotels Group, raising speculation that it may be a takeover target.

The A303: Highway to the Sun, By Tom Fort

"Unknown road," warned the stranger's satnav. Diverted from the familiar A303 by a sudden closure on a dark evening, I joined another baffled motorist at a tiny junction with an unhelpful signpost indicating an unexpected place name such as Longbridge Deverill, or perhaps it was Marston Magna. It was a shock to be faced so abruptly with the A303's hinterland, hitherto unknown to me and, I suspect, many of the drivers of the vehicles – sometimes more than 30,000 – pounding over what Tom Fort calls "the highway to the sun".

Thai buyer has appetite for Birds Eye deal

Captain Birdseye could be about to embark on his longest voyage. The famous fish finger maker, part of food group Iglo, is in the sights of a Thai conglomerate that wants to buy the business and export its wares to Eastern Europe and Asia.

Harriet Lamb: Fairtrade puts people back at the heart of trade

Fairtrade does what it says on the tin: it is about better prices for smallholder farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which too often leaves the poorest, weakest producers earning less than it costs them to grow their crops. It's a bit like a national minimum wage for global trade. Not perfect, not a magic want, not a panacea for all the problems of poverty, but a step in the right direction.

Britain's Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg stands with his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Party defends Miriam Clegg over Kraft affair

Liberal Democrat officials insisted last night that Nick Clegg's wife did not breach any conflict of interest after it emerged that she gave paid advice to food giant Kraft just weeks before her husband condemned the firm for sacking British workers.

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