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September 01, 2011 08:15 ET

Research on Cosan Ltd. and Hershey Co. - Complicated Inputs for Confectioners

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Sep 1, 2011) - offers investors comprehensive research on the Confectioners industry and has completed analytical research on Cosan Ltd. (NYSE: CZZ) and Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches.

The Confectioners sector has many factors to consider lately concerning its primary Inputs. The prices of several of its key inputs have been rising. Cocoa butter, for example, has seen demand higher than capacity during the past 10 out of 15 years, driving up prices and pressuring margins. Many chocolate makers have responded by lowering the size of products as opposed to raising prices during a period when consumers have been fairly weak. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the Confectioners industry. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the Confectioners industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Cosan Ltd. and Hershey Co.; all investors need to do is register for a complimentary membership at

However, the price of cocoa butter may finally show some positive movement for the sector as this year's Halloween and Christmas seasons may not drive enough demand to constrain supply. Still, volatile milk and sugar prices have also conspired to complicate the life of confectioners like Hershey Co., though the company has been profitable lately and is working to expand globally. Investors looking for free research on Hershey Co. are welcome to sign up at

Sugar is one input that has a very complicated marketplace. Droughts in South America have hurt production. At the same time, a growing portion of the global sugarcane crop is being diverted towards ethanol for fuel, further constraining supply and lifting prices. Sugar producer Cosan Ltd. has even formed a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, boosting its profits in the recent quarter. Investors looking for free research on Cosan Ltd. are welcome to sign up at

While high sugar prices help the cause of companies like Cosan, other confectioners will likely have to actively watch their margins if they want to maintain strong earnings. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

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