Swiss residents gobble more sweets in 2013
Malcolm Curtis · 21 Feb 2014, 11:03
Published: 21 Feb 2014 11:03 GMT+01:00
- Study maps Swiss divide over chocolate treats (05 Apr 13)
- Strong franc melts Swiss chocolate sales (08 Feb 13)
- Gummy bear mauls Swiss chocolate rival (18 Dec 12)
- Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate (07 Sep 12)
In terms of volume, the results were even better, with 34,155 tonnes of candy sold in 2013, up 8.4 percent from the previous year, more than three-quarters of which was exported out of the country, the producers’ association Biscosuisse said.
Swiss residents gobbled a total of 7,782 tonnes of sweets made in Switzerland, up 9.5 percent from the year earlier, the association said.
But when imports are counted, the total rose to 27,332 tonnes, 3.1 percent higher than in 2012.
That works out to an average of 3.4 kilograms of sweets per Swiss resident, 56 grams more than the year before.
And more people are eating candy without sugar, according to Biscosuisse.
Sugar-free products accounted for 22.8 percent of sales, up from 20.8 percent the previous year.
A total of 14 industrial producers make sweets in Switzerland, employing 884 people.
The principal products include hard boiled sweets (67.2 percent), mints, jellied candies, gum, toffee, soft caramels and sugar-coated confections.
Swiss confectionary firms are anticipating another good year in 2014, when they hope to maintain their share of the domestic market and further boost exports, Biscosuisse said.