The Sweet Business of Gourmet Chocolate

Sales and profits are up in the high-end chocolate segment as consumers continue to splurge on these affordable indulgences

Is Campbell's getting out of the chocolate market at just the right time? Earlier this month, the $7.34 billion Camden (N.J.) soup maker disclosed that it is looking to sell Godiva Chocolatier after more than 40 years of ownership. The announcement came as a wave of new competitors has entered the premium chocolate market and as the cost of raw materials has skyrocketed (see BusinessWeek.com, 8/14/07, "Chocolate Prices on the Rise").

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