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Ebola Risk Poses Threat to Cocoa Prices

The cost of your favorite candy bar could soon be higher based on fears that were practically nonexistent just a few months ago. World prices for cocoa, chocolate's key ingredient, surged to 3½-year highs on the futures market late last month amid concerns that the spread of Ebola in West Africa could affect cocoa production, according to …

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