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Swiss residents gobble more sweets in 2013

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Swiss residents gobble more sweets in 2013
Photo: Biscosuisse
11:03 CET+01:00
Last year was sweet for Switzerland's sweets producers who on Friday reported revenues jumped 4.9 percent to 340 million francs ($382 million) from sales in 2012.

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.

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