This Isn't The First Time The Governor Has Mentioned His Love Of Chocolate Chip Cookies And Nachos.

Bobby Jindal’s first meal in the White House would be nachos and chocolate chip cookies. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo) If elected president, what would Gov. Bobby Jindal eat as his first meal in the White House? Nachos and chocolate chip cookies apparently. “I’m a bit of a gym rat, and there are some people that love to work out and then they tell you well if you work out, then you gotta eat healthy. I’m a little bit of the opposite,” Jindal told The Huffington Post in an interview published Wednesday (Aug. 12). This isn’t the first time the governor has mentioned his love of chocolate chip cookies and nachos. Both were listed among his favorite foods in a USA Today interview earlier this year. Jindal may have gotten used to eating chocolate chip cookies while living in the Louisiana governor’s mansion. “Mansion cookies” are baked on a regular basis for Jindal, staff and guests. Jindal isn’t responsible for the cookies. They were a fixture of the governor’s mansion before he came into office, but the governor is known to be a big fan of them. His wife, Supriya, shared the mansion cookie recipe with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune last year. Read the rest of The Huffington Post’s interview with Jindal here . . . . . . Julia O’Donoghue is a state politics reporter based in Baton Rouge . She can be reached at jodonoghue@nola.com or on Twitter at @jsodonoghue .Please consider following us on Facebook at NOLA.com and NOLA.com-Baton Rouge.

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The State May Also Ban The Word "candy" From Edible Pot Products, Even If They're Sweets Such As Suckers Or Gummy Chews.

Associated Press A draft of those rules released Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, would require each piece of edible marijuana to be marked in the shape of a stop sign with the letters THC in the middle. The letters stand for marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) DENVER (AP) — Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign, according to a draft of new rules released Wednesday by state marijuana regulators. The state may also ban the word “candy” from edible pot products, even if they’re sweets such as suckers or gummy chews. The new pot symbol an octagon stop-sign shape with the letters “THC” to indicate marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient would have to be on individual edible items, not just labels. Liquid marijuana products would be limited to single-serve packaging defined as 10 milligrams of THC. “It’s time we have a tool to really let people know there is pot in something,” said Diane Carlson of Smart Colorado, a parents’ group that has pushed for giving edible pot a distinct look. Regulators rejected an earlier proposal to mark edible pot with a weed-leaf symbol after parents complained the symbol would simply attract children, not dissuade them from eating the products. Also banned under the proposed rules premade edible items. The rules would ban a manufacturer from buying bulk candy and spraying it with cannabis oil, but not altering an existing product so that it’s unrecognizable, such as grinding up chocolate chip cookies to make a cheesecake crust. But manufacturers complained that the made-from-scratch rule needs more clarification because manufacturers routinely use premade products. “Do I have to have chickens out back for the eggs?” asked Dan Anglin of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. The proposed rules were released as the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division works on new guidelines for edible marijuana, which can be baked into cookies or brownies or added to a dizzying array of items from sodas, to pasta sauces, to granolas. The agency tried and failed last year to implement a requirement that edible marijuana have a distinct look when outside of its packaging, a requirement passed by state lawmakers last year amid concerns that some people were accidentally eating food infused with marijuana. The state already bans pot manufacturers from using cartoon characters on packaging or making “look-alike” products such as candies designed to mimic common foods. But the state has seen sporadic reports of people unknowingly eating pot. Perhaps most famous was a man hospitalized after unknowingly eating pot-infused chocolate at the 2014 Denver County Fair. The new edible-pot rules face a public hearing before final adoption. Marijuana regulators in Colorado have until January to implement a 2014 law requiring edible marijuana to have a distinct look when outside its packaging. The agency tried but failed to come up with those rules last year after several meetings with pot manufacturers. The manufacturers complained that the law which requires edible to be “stamped, shaped, colored or otherwise marked” that it is not for consumption by children would be unwieldy when it comes to liquid products or anything besides hard candies or cookies. In response, the state Health Department last year suggested banning all edible marijuana except for lozenges or other items that could be easily stamped. The proposal was quickly withdrawn after the industry and consumers complained. The sponsor of the law requiring a distinct look for edible pot called the stop-sign symbol and the “candy” label ban appropriate steps to address concerns that pot candies can tempt kids who don’t know it’s a product that intoxicate them. “I don’t think that items that aren’t attractive to kids like granola and salad dressing need to be held to the same high standard of marking, stamping or coloring,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont.

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3 An Older Man Reportedly Offered A Girl Candy.

Donnelly Avenue, 11:25 p.m. Aug. 4 Three juvenile trespassers inside an abandoned residence were arrested and released to their parents. Aug. 3 Three backpacks were found. Named locations, Wednesday Three bikes were reported stolen, at 1:35 p.m. on the 800 block of Paulson Circle, at 2:52 p.m. on the 800 block of Alma Street, 3:55 p.m. at Hamilton and Carlton avenues and at 7:14 p.m. from a garage in the 200 block of Oak Court. PALO ALTO 4119 El Camino Real, 10:20 a.m. Wednesday A vehicle at Fuki Sushi was burglarized. FOSTER CITY Foster City Boulevard, 6:54 p.m. Aug. 3 An older man reportedly offered a girl candy. Unnamed location, 10:10 a.m. Wednesday A lost catamaran was reunited with the craft’s owner. PACIFICA Linda Mar Boulevard and Peralta Road, 10:20 p.m. Aug. 3 A San Bruno man robbed at knifepoint by a man about 20 to 30 years old was with someone driving an older gray or green Honda Civic.

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Kraft Heinz, While It Could Use Stock And Perhaps Even Cash Provided By 3g And Berkshire Hathaway, Is Also Heavily Levered For A Publicly Traded Company, With A Debt To Ebitda Ratio Of More Than Five Times.

Mondelez’s stock initially shot up, opening at $51 per share, or by more than 10%, but then backed off by mid-morning and is now at $46.63. Jim Cramer, portfolio manager of the Action Alerts PLUS charitable trust portfolio,said investors who currently own Mondelez shouldn’t sell. “If you own Mondelez I would hold it. And if you don’t, I would buy it,” Cramer told TheStreet. Exclusive Look Inside: You see Jim Cramer on TV. Now, see where he invests his money and why Kraft Heinz is a core holding of his multi-million dollar portfolio. Want to be alerted before Jim Cramer buys or sells KHC? Learn more now. Pershing Square, headed by activist Bill Ackman , is placing a bet that Mondelez will be a target in the consolidating food industry, according to reports. But Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz ( KHC ) and Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo ( PEP – Get Report ) may prove to be less than idealbuyers. Kraft Heinz is the result of a recent merger between Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz, which was owned by Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital and financier Warren Buffet’s Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.A ) ( BRK.B ). Cramer told TheStreet he thought Ackman “will want something to happen” with Kraft Heinz. The company currently has its belly full and is busy digesting a transaction valued at $55 billion. Kraft Heinz, while it could use stock and perhaps even cash provided by 3G and Berkshire Hathaway, is also heavily levered for a publicly traded company, with a debt to Ebitda ratio of more than five times. And then there’s the fact that Mondelez was already separated from Kraft a couple of years ago, a twist and turn of events that is likely making at least investment bankers happy and rich, if no one else. This is not the first time a sale of Mondelez has been floated. PepsiCo was alreadypushed to buy the companybefore, by activist Nelson Peltz who heads up New York-based hedge fund Trian Fund Management. Peltz took stakes in both PepsiCo and Mondelez, but was ultimately mollified by Mondelez when the company added him to its board. Peltz’s first attemptedto get PepsiCo to merge its Frito-Lay snack unit with Mondelez, and when that failed, to get the beverage giant to split off the snack food business into a separate company, which also has largely gone nowhere. PepsiCo’s lack of interest in buying Mondelez and Peltz’s inability to get the soda company to gobble up the maker of Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and Cadbury chocolate would seem to be a poor harbinger for any future deal-making. :

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Blackberry Has No Intention And Undertakes No Obligation To Update Or Revise Any Forward-looking Statements, Whether As A Result Of New Information, Future Events Or Otherwise, Except As Required By Law.

BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer or tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. ** Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory expandable with a Micro SD card up to 128 GB. BlackBerry Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don’t have to. Pricing and Availability The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com in North America starting today for $549 USD. The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands in the coming weeks. Amazon.com, Carphone Warehouse and Selfridges will be launching the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition online in the next couple of weeks. Selfridges will also launch the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition in the BlackBerry Shop at Selfridges London. Distributors in select regions will also carry the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition in limited quantities. A variety of accessories including cases, carrying solutions, chargers, and audio peripherals, are also available through partners or ShopBlackBerry. For a limited time, purchase a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition through ShopBlackBerry and get over $130 USD worth of accessories with your purchase***. For more information about the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Passport or www.insideblackberry.com About BlackBerry A global leader in secure mobile communications, BlackBerry revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com . Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov ). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Wrigley Jr.

Steven Zale, Zalemark’s CEO states, “This global brand is a nice parallel with our other global brand, Crayola(R) and well deserved for the accomplished Zalemark team and a great benefit for the shareholders. With the historical testing of this product line, we predict it will move into the market place swiftly. The upward momentum of Zalemark is on a rolling path as they continue to add well-known brands to its line-up.” View photo . Jeffrey Ringer, Zalemark’s Creative Director states, “When the Mar’s group reviewed our presentation, they made the comment, it was one of the most impressive and creative they have seen. When we heard those comments, we knew we have the right formula to make this new jewelry brand our next big success.” About Mars Incorporated- Mars, Inc. ( www.mars.com ) knows chocolate sales are nothing to snicker at. The company makes global brands M&M’s, Snickers, and the Mars bar. Other confections include 3 Musketeers, Dove, Milky Way, Skittles, and Twix. Its products portfolio also boasts Seeds of Change organic food, the Klix and Flavia beverage systems, Combos and Kudos snacks, Uncle Ben’s rice, and pet food made under the Pedigree, Sheba, and Whiskas labels. Mars owns the world’s largest chewing gum maker, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, as well. About Zalemark Holding Company, Inc.- Zalemark Holding Company, Inc. ( www.zalemark.com ) is a publicly traded OTC company under the symbol ZMRK. Zalemark is an award winning product design, development, manufacturing and distribution company. Zalemark develops and markets strategic brands as, Luxury Brands Group, “The Harmony Collection” by Engelbert Humperdinck, Crayola(R) Fine Jewelry, and Demeter(R), Divas Choice(TM) and Steven Zale Couture(TM). These brands are widely known for, “The Mark of Quality” the company’s tag line and the standard incorporated in all aspects of their business. The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to our future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects our current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. We assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Saturday, August 8 "willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory": 2 P.m.

(Cleveland Press Collection/The Michael Schwartz Library – Cleveland State University) (Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer) Comments CLEVELAND, Ohio The theater almost outshines the movies at one of the summer’s top cinematic events. Playhouse Square’s 18th Annual Cinema at the Square classic film series returns August 6-23 in the historic, magnificently restored Connor Palace Theatre, first opened in 1922. As in past years, the 15-film series will be a mix of classic Hollywood, kids flicks, ’80s nostalgia and sci-fi and horror. Some of them are even movies that could have played the Palace back in its heyday. Top titles include Cecil B. DeMille’s “Greatest Show on Earth,” “The Sting,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Terminator,” “Cabaret” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Also as in past years, films will be preceded by pre-show cartoons, music on the restored 1927 Kimball organ and, of course, popcorn. Twelve films are making their Cinema at the Square premiere this year. Tickets for Cinema at the Square are $5 each; save 50 percent on tickets when you purchase a FlixTIX pass for $15 (good for any combination of 6 admissions). Tickets available at the box office and online: http://www.playhousesquare.org/events-tickets/series-season-tickets-packages/cinema-at-the-square Schedule: “The Terminator”: 8 p.m. Thursday, August 6 “The Odd Couple”: 8 p.m. Friday, August 7 “The Greatest Show on Earth”: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 8 “Cabaret”: 8 p.m. Saturday, August 8 “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”: 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9 Week 2 “The Breakfast Club”: 8 p.m. Thursday, August 13 “His Girl Friday”: 8 p.m. Friday, August 14 “State of the Union”: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15 “Clue”: 8 p.m. Saturday, August 15 “The Land Before Time” : 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16 Week 3 “Coming to America”: 8 p.m. Thursday, August 20 “Footloose”: 8 p.m. Friday, August 21 “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”: 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22 “The Sting”: 8 p.m.

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Bassist Sarzo Had To Be In Heaven Playing All These Tracks From Bands He Played With And It Showed In His Performance On The Night, When He Could Be Seen Playing So Hot That He Had To Constantly Lick His Fingers To Cool Them Off (okay, I Know That’s Not Why He Does It, But It Sounded Cool, Didn’t It?).

Drummer Evans even got into the antics with drumsticks of fire during a portion of his brief skin-bashing clinic. The band finished up their evening with “A Little Too Old”, also off of the Evolutionary Children release and something these guys were definitely not! If you’ve never heard of KILLER BEE before, I command that you check them out! www.killerbee.se “Love It Or Leave It” Drum Solo “From Hell And Back” “A Little Too Old” Next up on the bill was GUNZO, another of the seemingly endless bands/projects that guitarist Tracii Guns is a part of these days. And as with the others, he has once again surrounded himself with some top notch musicians to help his cause. Along with the incomparable, well-traveled, journeyman bassist Sarzo, who’s played with just about every hard rock band known to man at this point (ok, that was a bit of a stretch, but not by much), GUNZO also included vocalist Keith St. John (BURNING RAIN, MONTROSE) and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. With this kind of lineup you just knew that the set was going to contain at least a song or two from the different bands they were a part of and, true to form, that’s exactly what the raucous crowd got, except for one thing: evidently there wasn’t a single blank sheet of paper or two to be found in the entire club because the band’s setlist was written on several, get this, Chinet paper plates! If I’m lying I’m dying, but that’s the God’s honest truth. I’ve seen setlists done a lot of different ways, but never have I seen that before. A very comical moment to be sure. At any rate, GUNZO ripped (pun intended) into their set with the LA GUNS classic, “Rip And Tear”, and just like that, Round 2 of non-stop hard rock fun was underway. Next up was Ozzy Osbourne’s “I Don’t Know” before the band took a brief moment to acknowledge that it was the late, great Ronnie James Dio’s birthday, and in fitting fashion, rocked the house with “Rainbow In The Dark”. Vocalist Keith St. John certainly has the chops and he proved it with every song that GUNZO played. “The Ballad Of Jayne” followed, along with the iconic Ozzy smash hit “Crazy Train”. Bassist Sarzo had to be in heaven playing all these tracks from bands he played with and it showed in his performance on the night, when he could be seen playing so hot that he had to constantly lick his fingers to cool them off (okay, I know that’s not why he does it, but it sounded cool, didn’t it?). A nod was given to St. John in the form of the MONTROSE tune “Rock Candy” before the band called it a night with one last LA GUNS hit, “Never Enough”. And yes, if you’re keeping count, that was just 7 songs, one less than the opening band KILLER BEE played. Slightly odd…. https://www.facebook.com/GUNZOBAND “Rock Candy” “Never Enough” Last, but certainly not least, was the night’s headliner, BULLETBOYS, who are out on the road in support of their brand new studio release, Elefante. The band actually took the stage as I was chatting and getting my picture taken with GUNZO, so I had to make a quick (killer) beeline to the stage to start shooting photos midway through their first number, “Born To Breed”, from their 2009 album, 10 Cent Billionaire. Frontman Marq Torien isn’t just the band’s vocalist anymore, having taken over a large portion of the lead guitar duties as well over the years, and is still so thin in stature that he looks like he would have to jump around in the shower just to get wet! Even so, he has managed to assemble a fine cast of musicians to back him up, including drummer Shawn Duncan, the brother of ARMORED SAINT/ODIN guitarist Jeff Duncan, who joined the band just last year, guitarist Nick Rozz and bassist Chad MacDonald, whom I must give a shout out to for assisting me with the BULLETBOYS setlist, since there was none posted for me to capture a photo of and at my age, it gets more and more difficult to multitask, like taking photos and trying to remember what songs are being played simultaneously. I have seen BULLETBOYS multiple times now over the past couple of years and Torien certainly knows how to put together a tight, cohesive unit onstage, especially when they’re playing songs like “Hard As A Rock”, “Hell On My Heels” or THC Groove”. Of course, what BULLETBOYS show would be complete without their best-known songs like the O-JAYS cover, “For The Love Of Money” or the set closer, “Smooth Up In Ya”, which evokes the visual of the music video for the song and Torien being hailed as the next David Lee Roth. Once again, the band delivered a great set, even including a couple new tracks from Elefante, “Symphony” and I’ll be damned if I can remember the name of the other one.

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Bean Dawes, 7:30p.m., L.l.

A variety of different bands or DJs play each Friday and Saturday night at Bucks. $2.50 well drinks/house wine, $3 select drafts and half price wings. SUMMER IN THE PARK CONCERT AT L.L. BEAN DAWES, 7:30p.m., L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport. See Dawes perform. Free and open to the public. LOVE AND LOBSTERS PRESENTED BY THE FREEPORT PLAYERS, 7:30p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center. A jazz singer meets a lobsterman and they fall in love. THE MUSIC MAN, 7:30p.m., Maine State Music Theater, Brunswick. Follow fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize despite the fact he doesnt know a trombone from a treble clef. 725-8769. FALLEN ANGELS, 7:30p.m., Theater at Monmouth. Best friends, Jane and Julia, fell seven years earlier when they had affairs with the same dashing Frenchman. Now settled into humdrum marriages, the two pine for passion. With their husbands away for the weekend, the women receive word that their lover has returned. Call 993-9999 for more information. FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP, 1p.m., Theater at Monmouth. Few people had faith in the Fool of the World but the Fool of the World was determined to prove everyone wrong. When the czar declares he will marry his daughter to the man who brings him a flying ship, the Fool sets off on an adventure to change his life.

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Fortunately, The Partnership Kuapa Kokoo And Divine Chocolate Have Forged Will Protect The Co-ops 85,000 Smallholder Farmers From Turmoil.

Its the only fairtrade chocolate company owned by its cocoa producers, a cooperative of Ghanaian farmers known as Kuapa Kokoo . The cooperative was born in 1993, a year after the official liberalization of Ghanas economy. Liberalization allowed for smaller companies to organize and collectively market their products in the global economy. A small group of cocoa farmers, led by Nana Frimpong Abrebrese, seized the opportunity. With the help of Twin and Twin Trading Co. , an organization working to reform supply chains and trade relationships, the cocoa farmers formed Kuapa Kokoo, or Good Cocoa. Just two years later the co-op earned its Fairtrade International certification, and by 1998 Divine Chocolate was founded with the help of Twin and Twin Trading Co. Kuapa Kokoo is now recognized as the leading cocoa cooperative in Ghana and has championed social, political, and economic empowerment for its members. Yet today, the business’s ability to protect its farmers income is being challenged by bad weather and a crop-killing fungus. Already, this years crop in Ghana is expected to fall 200,000 tons below the Ghana Cocoa Board’s forecast. Global cocoa bean traders are starting to sweat, driving the cost of cocoa up 12 percent since January. Ghana is the second largest cocoa producer in the world , which means hardship awaits the 6 million people dependent on the industry. Fortunately, the partnership Kuapa Kokoo and Divine Chocolate have forged will protect the co-ops 85,000 smallholder farmers from turmoil. Over the past 12 years, Divine Chocolate and Kuapa Kokoo have established a wide range of social services, worker protections, and shareholder agreements to safeguard the incomes of its producers. This is because Kuapa Kokoo owns 45 percent of Divine Chocolate. Two co-op members sit on Divine Chocolates board of directors, giving Kuapa Kokoo decision-making power. Divine Chocolate not only pays Kuapa Kokoo farmers the worldwide Fairtrade International minimum and premium of $2,200 per ton, but it also distributes 44 percent of its profits and 2 percent of its total sales to Kuapa Kokoo. But, the safeguards arent limited to income. From a radio program to a credit union, Kuapa Kokoo and Divine Chocolate listen and respond to farmers needs. The radio show Kuapa Mmere , increases access to information for farmers living in remote regions Ghana, who are often illiterate. The talk show, featuring weekly guests, allows farmers to call in to ask questions on farming techniques, pest and fungus management, fairtrade standards and benefits, child labor standards, company updates and more. A commitment to gender equality assures women can provide for their families. Divine Chocolates Womens Cocoa Farming Training program and The Kuapa Kokoo Womens Fund teaches women small business skills, new trades, reading, writing, and mathematics. Skills like soap-making, batik, and vegetable gardening gives women additional income to pay for school fees or medical bills. And with a higher level of education, women can take on leadership roles. In 2010, Kuapa Kokoo elected its first female president , who was succeeded by Ms. Fatima Ali in 2014. Mary Appiah , a single mother of seven, is the treasurer of Kuapa Kokoo and her district’s recorder, or elected cocoa bean buying clerk, for Divine Chocolate. They have empowered women in our communities to become leaders, which was not encouraged in Ghana, she says, As a single mother it was very difficult for me to cater to my children, it was difficult to have three meals a day. But as I joined Kuapa Kokoo, from the premium I was able to cater for my children and education. The co-op and the chocolate company are finding creative ways to encourage the growth of future generations, too.

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