Chocolate sales rise

According to market research company Mintel, chocolate sales have risen around the world despite the recession.

China saw chocolate confectionery sales jump 18% this year, while in the Ukraine sales rose 12%. In the UK, sales of chocolate increased 5.9% in 2009 whike consumers in the US bought 2.6% more chocolate this year than last.

“Chocolate is a small, affordable indulgence for shoppers who are cutting back on spending elsewhere. Even in countries not known for chocolate consumption, sales are on the rise,” says Marcia Mogelonsky, global food and drink analyst at Mintel.

Sales per capita stands at $55 (€38.4) in the US and $106 (€74.1) in the UK but those figures pale in comparison to Switzerland where people buy chocolate worth $206 (€144) a year.

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