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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 

Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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Growing the cocoa needed to produce chocolate on the scale a company like Mars or Hershey needs is an immense undertaking. One serious consequence chocolate producers are now facing is deforestation in countries that grow the cocoa for the world's chocolate demands. The Washington Post reports that in 2017, 40 football fields of tropical forests were lost every minute, spurred by the demand for cocoa and other goods like soybeans and palm oil. We conclude our series Hershey vs Mars with Steven Mufson. He reports on business and climate change for The Washington Post and he joins us to talk about why deforestation has become such a serious issue and why producing environmentally sustainable chocolate is so hard. You can read Steven Mufson's reporting on chocolate and deforestation here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/mars-chocolate-deforestation-climate-change-west-africa/Support us by supporting our sponsors!Business Wars is brought to you by Four Sigmatic, a natural superfood company that specializes in mushroom-based drinks that benefit immunity, energy, and longevity, and help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Four Sigmatic makes a wide variety of blends, including mushroom coffee, mushroom elixirs, hot cacaos, matcha, superfood blends, and more. You can get 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase by going to www.foursigmatic.com/businesswars and using code BUSINESSWARS at checkout.
It’s a new century and Hershey’s facing unexpected trouble at home — a showdown between the company and its biggest shareholder that threatens its independence. Meanwhile, Mars is on a mission to become the world’s candy king. And with Hershey yet to break ground outside the U.S., the opportunity to catch up is fading fast.Hershey knows there’s one move that could transform its overseas fortunes: a merger with its British soulmate Cadbury. The question is can it secure Cadbury’s hand in marriage before Mars triumphs in its quest for global chocolate domination. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Monday.com - Start your 14-day free trial by going to monday.com/bw
It’s the late 1970s and Mars is America’s top confectioner. But Hershey is hungry for a comeback. It’s plotting a return to the top powered by a rush of new candies it hopes can nibble away at Mars’ market share.Not that Mars has any intention of surrendering pole position without a fight. It thinks it can stop Hershey in its tracks by focusing exclusively on best-selling brands like Snickers, M&M’s and Milky Way.But what neither company knows is that a tempting opportunity from Hollywood is about to disrupt the balance of power in candy land. Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Go to Netsuite.com/WARS to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits”
It’s 1965 and Forrest Mars has just become the manufacturer of Snickers and M&M’s. He is now – at last – ready to duke it out with Hershey in a battle to become the number one candy maker in America.And he knows Hershey is far from prepared for his sudden switch from ally to enemy. Hershey is a company wedded to tradition. It has no marketing department, doesn’t advertise, and has a completely complacent sales team.The question is: can Hershey shake off its docile ways in time to stop Forrest’s relentless advance?Exciting news! Business Wars is now available globally. That means you can listen to Business Wars in French, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese:  wondery.fm/BWPortuguesewondery.fm/BWSpanishwondery.fm/BWFrenchwondery.fm/BWGerman Support us by supporting our sponsors!Door Dash - To get $5 off your first order, download the DoorDash app from the App Store and enter promo code BWZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/BW
It’s the 1940s and Forrest Mars’ plan to create a candy empire is stepping up a gear. He’s plotting to seize control of his dad’s company Mars and turn it into a Hershey killer.First he needs to get his new candy venture off the ground. But to do that he needs help. Help from Hershey.But while Forrest’s laying plans, Hershey’s trying to get over the death of founder Milton Hershey and grappling with an unexpected opportunity to become a global player. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at our web address: ZipRecruiter.com/BW
It’s 1923 and the Hershey Chocolate Company dominates the candy bar business. With its milk chocolate Hershey bar and bite-sized Kisses, Hershey seems impossible to beat. But in a Chicago police station, an awkward father-son reunion is about to sire a new challenger in the candy business.That challenger is Mars and it’ll make its breakthrough by wrapping nougat in chocolate. For now, it’s got no plans to topple Hershey.But all that’s going to change when a family feud spawns a European offshoot, the launchpad for a new and far more aggressive candy empire. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Monday.com - Go to monday.com/bw, then use the promo code BW to get 10% off a paid accountZapier - Go to zapier.com/BW for your free 14-day trial
It’s 1886 and in New York City, a young confectioner called Milton Hershey is desperately trying to save his business.He’s been struggling for years. He founded his first candy business in Philadelphia, only to watch it collapse. His second venture lasted just weeks. Now, he’s loaded up with debts he cannot pay.But he’s about to get a visit from a man who will change his fortunes forever, paving the way for him to introduce America to the joys of milk chocolate… and build a sweets-fueled empire. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quartz - To get 50% off your first year of membership, go to QZ.com, click “become a member,” and enter code BW, with no space
Wondery Presents Bad Batch

Wondery Presents Bad Batch

2019-10-2400:05:491

In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch at wondery.fm/BadBatchPod
The social media world moves fast, and the next big thing is already upon us. It’s called TikTok. A video-based app where users create short clips to share with the world, TikTok is growing at a rapid rate. The app has already been downloaded a billion times and boasts 500 million active users around the globe. We conclude our series on Facebook vs Snapchat with a look at the next big player in the social media game.Support us by supporting our sponsors!
It’s June 2018. Mark Zuckerberg is struggling and morale at the social media giant is low. Facebook has been battered by data breaches and there’s no end in sight.  Meanwhile, Evan Spiegel has a chance to turn Snapchat around by refocusing on the teens who’ve abandoned Facebook. As Snapchat unveils new features, the startup begins its next battle: To become profitable. And in order to stay the course, Zuckerberg must earn back the trust of Facebook’s users — and regulators who want to break it up.Support us by supporting our sponsors!NetSuite - Go to Netsuite.com/WARS to download your FREE guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits”Monday.com - Start your 14-day free trial by going to monday.com/bw
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Chidube Ezeozue

It skips at 23.16

Nov 19th
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Jugjit Kairo

Great podcast on chocolate.

Nov 18th
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Ahmad Hamad

Dear @businesswars @WonderyMedia , please use accents.

Nov 13th
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UJJAWAL SHARMA

Great work team... kudos

Nov 11th
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Alonso Garcia

love this!

Nov 11th
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Hugo Tavares

I'm Brazilian and prefer to listen in English, but I'm pretty much glad to know you've included a Brazilian Portuguese version ❤️ I'll recommend it to more friends

Nov 8th
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Ahmad Hamad

Please add Arabic translation

Nov 7th
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Ahmad Hamad

Arabian restaurant, not middle eastern.

Nov 6th
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Richard Lynd

Fascinating story, one of the best lately!

Nov 6th
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Manan Shishodia

o.

Nov 2nd
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Ahmad Hamad

الأسعار المخفضة مفيدة جدا عند الركود الاقتصادي.

Oct 30th
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Kristy Mead

bn Comedy

Oct 30th
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Ahmad Hamad

1874

Oct 28th
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Ahmad Hamad

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Oct 22nd
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Daniel

Im surprised Oculus was not mentioned at all

Oct 21st
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Frank Zen

The idea that the federal government believes it can handle private data better than a private company is nonsense! The government doesn't even believe in STRONG ENCRYPTION!

Oct 18th
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Frank Zen

Good series but talking about "Russian meddling" as if it was real is weak sauce!

Oct 18th
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Ben Pak

you are the best👍🏻

Oct 17th
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