The Top 10 Chocoholic Countries

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Switzerland is home to the most devoted chocoholics in the world, where per  capita consumption averaged about 12 kg in 2012. That’s according to data from Leatherhead Food  Research compiled by trade publication Confectionerynews.com.

Rounding out the list of top chocolate-consuming countries are Ireland, the  UK, Austria and Belgium. The US falls in at No. 15.

Given that chocolate is considered a small luxury, it’s no wonder that the  majority of the top 20 countries boast a large middle class population with  higher disposable incomes than the rest of the developing world, the report  points out.

Meanwhile, though it doesn’t come close to cracking the top 20 list, India  has emerged as the fastest-growing market for chocolate, with sales doubling  from $418 million in 2008 to $857 million in 2011.

Per capita consumption in India was 70 g in 2011. But as pointed out by  market research group Mintel, that just means potential for growth is high in  this booming economy, where the appetite for premium, luxury goods shows strong  growth.

While chocolate is an everyday treat in the Western world, chocolate makers  like Italy’s Ferrero Rocher and Belgian brand Godiva are pitching the  confectionery as a premium product ideal for gift giving.

Top 10 chocolate-consuming countries in 2012 – based on  per capita consumption

1. Switzerland 11.9 kg

2. Ireland 9.9 kg

3. UK 9.5 kg

4. Austria  8.8 kg

5. Belgium 8.3 kg

6. Germany 8.2 kg

7. Norway 8 kg

8.  Denmark 7.5 kg

9. Canada 6.4 kg

10. France 6.3 kg

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