Biotech company aims to help candy giant Mars make a more resilient cacao tree

CREVE COEUR, Missouri: The world loves chocolate. But keeping pace with global cravings can be a tall order for chocolate producers – a challenge made even tougher as climate change and disease threaten the world’s cocoa supply. 

The threat has prompted major industry players like the candy bar giant, Mars – which makes Snickers, M&M’s, and Dove chocolate, among other products – to find a solution in biotechnology.