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Industry experts predict 'massive shortfall in chocolate'

Soaring demand from Asia has contributed to a "massive shortfall" in chocolate, which industry experts say could hit consumers in five years time.

Switzerland's Barry Callebaut Group and Mars both warned supply could fail to meet demand by one million tonnes in 2020.

Master chocolatier Paul Young tried to reassure chocolate lovers on Good Morning Britain that they would still be able to buy their favourite treat.

Cocoa prices rose by a quarter within 12 mouths and peaked in August at £2,000 per tonne.

However, 70% of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, which is currently battling the Ebola outbreak.

The chaos and quarantine restrictions mean global production has dipped by 0.7 per cent, the London-based International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) said.

But consumers are also getting hungrier for sweet treats - especially in developing nations like China, meaning manufacturers may have no choice but to raise prices.

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