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Taiwan's chocolate is making a sweet impression on global consumers

Despite small crops and uneven farming, Pingtung's cocoa industry is booming

Warren Hsu, CEO of Fu Wan Chocolate, inspects cacao fruit in Pingtung, in southern Taiwan. The "tree to bar" process for the company, which sources beans from the area, takes place within a range of just 30 km. (Courtesy of Fu Wan Chocolate)

PINGTUNG, Taiwan -- For three decades, Chiu Ming-sung raised his family with income mainly from his four-hectare areca -- or betel -- nut farms in Taiwan's southernmost city of Pingtung.

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