Re: don't for get the Chocolate 'repackaging'
Manufacturers pulling a fast one in order to make a quick profit? Unheard of.
Of course, most of the commodities that the food "processing" (denaturing might a better term) uses are traded globally and often in dollars or euros. AFAIK the sugar beet crop in Germany this year is shit so that sugar might get more expensive next. Of course, by then sugar from the UK might be cheaper for the Germans who would then buy it and force up prices in the UK. Cocoa on the other hand has had several poor years and is already subject to speculation.
Sorry, to hear you're on short time. Let's hope you've still got a job at Christmas.