Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chocoholics Defy Recession

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Even the recession can’t keep a chocoholic down.

According to new research by Mintel, chocolate sales worldwide are defying the economic crisis.

For instance, China and Ukraine – not necessarily known for their chocolate consumption – have seen chocolate confectionery sales rise 18 and 12 percent, respectively, this year.

Chocoholics are expected to continue fueling the increases through 2013.

Chocolate bars, boxes, and bags are also flying off the shelves in Britain – where sales are up 5.9 percent – America, Argentina, and Belgium, which claims to produce some of the world’s best chocolate.

The Swiss spend the most cash on the sweet treat at $206 per person per year, while Brits spend $106 a year on chocolate, Belgians spend $90, and Americans pony up $55.

Despite global economic woes, manufacturers have continued to launch new chocolate products this past year that make chocoholics melt.

Experts figure chocolate is a small, affordable indulgence to lean on during these tough times.

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