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    Bitter sweet success for Venezuelan chocolate - 19 May 2008

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Al Jazeera's Lucrecia Franco reports from Venezuela, on how the chocolate industry is becoming a new battleground.

    As left-wing nationalism spreads across Latin America, foreign companies there are having to rethink their business strategies.

    Willie Harcourt-Cooze, a British entrepreneur who has been dubbed Willy Wonka after the fictional character, is using Venezuelan cacao beans to make a highly sought-after chocolate.

    Harcourt-Cooze boasted that his South American plantation produces "the finest, rarest and most expensive cacao in the world".

    However, his success has left a bitter taste in the mouth of Hugo Chavez, the country's president.

    Chavez has ordered an investigation into his export business.