Chocolate Exporters by Country

Chocolate Exporters by Country

Demand sweetens for chocolate

Chocolate exports by country totaled US$25.3 billion during 2015, up by an overall 8.2% for all chocolate-shipping countries over the five-year period starting in 2011 when chocolate shipments were valued at $23.4 billion.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar in chocolate exports during 2015 with shipments amounting to $18.5 billion or 73% of overall exported chocolate sales. This compares with 14.1% from North America, 9.2% from Asia, 1.5% from Latin America (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean countries, and 1.1% from African chocolate exporters.

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 1806 for chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa.

Chocolate Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of chocolate during 2015:

  1. Germany: US$4.3 billion (17.1% of total chocolate exports)
  2. Belgium: $2.8 billion (11%)
  3. Netherlands: $1.7 billion (6.7%)
  4. United States: $1.6 billion (6.4%)
  5. Italy: $1.6 billion (6.3%)
  6. Poland: $1.5 billion (5.8%)
  7. France: $1.4 billion (5.4%)
  8. Canada: $1.4 billion (5.3%)
  9. United Kingdom: $860.1 million (3.4%)
  10. Switzerland: $822.4 million (3.2%)
  11. Mexico: $598.2 million (2.4%)
  12. Turkey: $475.2 million (1.9%)
  13. Spain: $447.7 million (1.8%)
  14. Singapore: $446.9 million (1.8%)
  15. Austria: $436.7 million (1.7%)

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing chocolate exporters since 2011 were: Canada (up 40%), Poland (up 34.6%), United States (up 28.5%) and United Kingdom (up 27%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported chocolate sales were led by: France (down 12.3%), Austria (down 5.8%), Switzerland (down 2.8%) and Mexico (down 1.3%).

The listed 15 countries shipped 80.1% of all chocolate exports in 2015 (by value).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for chocolate during 2015. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s chocolate exports and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Belgium: US$2 billion (net export surplus up 3.7% since 2011)
  2. Germany: $2 billion (up 4.8%)
  3. Italy: $1 billion (up 16.8%)
  4. Poland: $823.9 million (up 32.7%)
  5. Netherlands: $729.2 million (up 2.3%)
  6. Switzerland: $578.2 million (down -6.9%)
  7. Canada: $387.6 million (up 261.1%)
  8. Turkey: $385.1 million (up 12.6%)
  9. Mexico: $282.3 million (up 68.1%)
  10. Singapore: $215.6 million (up 34.7%)
  11. Côte d’Ivoire: $122.7 million (up 24.2%)
  12. Russia: $92.8 million (down -121.1%)
  13. Argentina: $84.7 million (down -21.7%)
  14. India: $44.8 million (down -205.1%)
  15. Ukraine: $23 million (down -95.1%)

Belgian and German exporters generate the highest surplus in the international trade of chocolate. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Belgium and Germany’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for chocolate during 2015. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s chocolate import purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. United Kingdom: -US$1.2 billion (net export deficit up 13.4% since 2011)
  2. United States: -$831.7 million (up 13.9%)
  3. France: -$628.2 million (up 71.4%)
  4. Saudi Arabia: -$529.3 million (up 52.5%)
  5. Japan: -$483.6 million (down -7.6%)
  6. Australia: -$317.1 million (up 59.7%)
  7. South Korea: -$252.8 million (up 24.6%)
  8. Hong Kong: -$230 million (up 51.6%)
  9. China: -$181.4 million (up 332.2%)
  10. Portugal: -$170 million (down -9.9%)
  11. Kuwait: -$153.5 million (up 35.1%)
  12. Romania: -$151.2 million (up 34.1%)
  13. Norway: -$147.6 million (down -8%)
  14. Denmark: -$126.8 million (up 13.2%)
  15. Spain: -$112.3 million (down -39.8%)

International traders in United Kingdom incurred the highest deficit for chocolate. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights the UK’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for chocolate-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand from UK consumers.

Companies

Chocolate Exporting Companies

Based on the Candy Industry’s 2015 Top 100 Confectionery Companies in the World, below are the world’s largest conglomerates that produce chocolate bars and other cocoa-containing food preparations. Show within parenthesis is the country where each colossus is headquartered.

  • Mars Inc (United States)
  • Mondelez International (United States)
  • Ferrero Group (Italy)
  • Nestle SA (Switzerland)
  • Meiji Co Ltd (Japan)
  • Hershey Foods Corp (United States)
  • Chocoladenfabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (Switzerland)
  • Arcor (Argentina)
  • Ezaki Glico Co Ltd (Japan)
  • August Storck KG (Germany)
  • United Confectionary Manufacturers (Russia)
  • Orion Corp (South Korea)
  • Yildiz Holding (Turkey)
  • Lotte Confectionery Co. Ltd (South Korea)
  • Crown Confectionery Co. Ltd (South Korea)
  • Cemoi (France)
  • Ferrara Candy Co (United States)


 

Searchable List of Chocolate Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2015 Chocolate Exports% World Total
1.GermanyUS$4.3 billion17.1%
2.Belgium$2.8 billion11%
3.Netherlands$1.7 billion6.7%
4.United States$1.6 billion6.4%
5.Italy$1.6 billion6.3%
6.Poland$1.5 billion5.8%
7.France$1.4 billion5.4%
8.Canada$1.4 billion5.3%
9.United Kingdom$860.1 million3.4%
10.Switzerland$822.4 million3.2%
11.Mexico$598.2 million2.4%
12.Turkey$475.2 million1.9%
13.Spain$447.7 million1.8%
14.Singapore$446.9 million1.8%
15.Austria$436.7 million1.7%
16.Russia$426.1 million1.7%
17.China$334.5 million1.3%
18.Czech Republic$324.8 million1.3%
19.United Arab Emirates$314.8 million1.2%
20.Ireland$308 million1.2%
21.Sweden$290.1 million1.1%
22.Slovakia$215.4 million0.9%
23.Australia$168.4 million0.7%
24.Denmark$165.0 million0.7%
25.Hong Kong$158.8 million0.6%
26.Hungary$154 million0.6%
27.Malaysia$139.3 million0.5%
28.Côte d'Ivoire$127.2 million0.5%
29.Argentina$126.3 million0.5%
30.India$119.1 million0.5%
31.Lithuania$115.8 million0.5%
32.Bulgaria$103.5 million0.4%
33.Croatia$99.8 million0.4%
34.Ukraine$99.8 million0.4%
35.New Zealand$94.5 million0.4%
36.Brazil$90.9 million0.4%
37.Finland$75.8 million0.3%
38.Egypt$74.5 million0.3%
39.Japan$73.6 million0.3%
40.Colombia$60.3 million0.2%
41.South Africa$59.7 million0.2%
42.Romania$59.1 million0.2%
43.South Korea$57.8 million0.2%
44.Serbia$50.2 million0.2%
45.Lebanon$42.6 million0.2%
46.Belarus$40.9 million0.2%
47.Greece$35.6 million0.1%
48.Thailand$30 million0.1%
49.Indonesia$28.7 million0.1%
50.Norway$28.2 million0.1%
51.Latvia$24.1 million0.1%
52.Saudi Arabia$23.6 million0.1%
53.Portugal$22 million0.1%
54.Ecuador$20.1 million0.1%
55.Chile$19.8 million0.1%
56.Israel$19.5 million0.1%
57.Slovenia$18.6 million0.1%
58.Peru$15.4 million0.1%
59.Philippines$14 million0.1%
60.Bosnia/Herzegovina$13.9 million0.1%
61.Kazakhstan$12.2 million0.05%
62.Macedonia$10.4 million0.04%
63.Guatemala$10.3 million0.04%
64.Vietnam$9.3 million0.04%
65.Costa Rica$9.1 million0.04%
66.Taiwan$7.6 million0.03%
67.Estonia$7.5 million0.03%
68.Jordan$6.5 million0.03%
69.Moldova$5.3 million0.02%
70.Luxembourg$5.2 million0.02%
71.Malta$5.1 million0.02%
72.El Salvador$4.9 million0.02%
73.Dominican Republic$4.5 million0.02%
74.Swaziland$4.4 million0.02%
75.Azerbaijan$3.8 million0.02%
76.Bahrain$3.8 million0.01%
77.Montenegro$3.4 million0.01%
78.Trinidad/Tobago$3.3 million0.01%
79.Uruguay$3.1 million0.01%
80.Kuwait$2.9 million0.01%
81.Syrian Arab Republic$2.8 million0.01%
82.Kenya$2.6 million0.01%
83.Sri Lanka$2.4 million0.01%
84.Cameroon$2.3 million0.01%
85.Iceland$2.1 million0.01%
86.Georgia$2 million0.01%
87.Venezuela$1.5 million0.01%
88.Armenia$1.5 million0.01%
89.Oman$1.1 million0.004%
90.Madagascar$897,0000.004%
91.Tunisia$698,0000.003%
92.Iran$695,0000.003%
93.Zambia$692,0000.003%
94.Niger$680,0000.003%
95.Pakistan$629,0000.002%
96.Uzbekistan$579,0000.002%
97.Ghana$559,0000.002%
98.Zimbabwe$528,0000.002%
99.Uganda$496,0000.002%
100.Barbados$439,0000.002%
101.Macao$373,0000.001%
102.Nigeria$361,0000.001%
103.New Caledonia$266,0000.001%
104.Cyprus$261,0000.001%
105.Grenada$242,0000.001%
106.Gabon$228,0000.001%
107.Togo$223,0000.001%
108.Qatar$217,0000.001%
109.Sao Tome/Principe$208,0000.001%
110.Bangladesh$200,0000.001%
111.Albania$184,0000.001%
112.Bolivia$183,0000.001%
113.Mauritius$150,0000.001%
114.Jamaica$137,0000.001%
115.Morocco$124,0000.0005%
116.Kyrgyzstan$122,0000.0005%
117.Honduras$103,0000.0004%
118.Aruba$94,0000.0004%
119.Panama$79,0000.0003%
120.Brunei Darussalam$76,0000.0003%
121.Mozambique$68,0000.0003%
122.Belize$64,0000.0003%
123.Senegal$63,0000.0002%
124.St Vincent/Grenadines$59,0000.0002%
125.Fiji$56,0000.0002%
126.Botswana$46,0000.0002%
127.Benin$35,0000.0001%
128.British Virgin Is$34,0000.0001%
129.Nauru$34,0000.0001%
130.Mauritania$29,0000.0001%
131.Iraq$24,0000.0001%
132.Nicaragua$24,0000.0001%
133.Turks/Caicos Islands$24,0000.0001%
134.Turkmenistan$23,0000.0001%
135.Palestine$21,0000.0001%
136.Lesotho$13,0000.0001%
137.Cuba$13,0000.0001%
138.Samoa$12,0000.00005%
139.US Minor Outlying Is$11,0000.00004%
140.Paraguay$11,0000.00004%
141.Democratic Rep. Congo$10,0000.00004%
142.Tokelau$10,0000.00004%
143.Mongolia$8,0000.00003%
144.Guyana$7,0000.00003%
145.Algeria$6,0000.00002%
146.Papua New Guinea$6,0000.00002%
147.Vanuatu$4,0000.00002%
148.Laos$4,0000.00002%
149.Namibia$3,0000.00001%
150.American Samoa$3,0000.00001%
151.Congo$3,0000.00001%
152.Suriname$3,0000.00001%
153.Anguilla$2,0000.00001%
154.Sierra Leone$2,0000.00001%
155.Tanzania$2,0000.00001%
156.Eritrea$2,0000.00001%
157.French Polynesia$2,0000.00001%
158.Antigua/Barbuda$2,0000.00001%
159.Solomon Islands$2,0000.00001%
160.Netherlands Antilles$2,0000.00001%
161.Libya$2,0000.00001%
162.Mali$1,0000.000004%
163.Bermuda$1,0000.000004%
164.Afghanistan$1,0000.000004%
165.Haiti$1,0000.000004%
166.Faroe Islands$1,0000.000004%
167.Saint Helena$1,0000.000004%

See also Germany’s Top 10 Exports and Germany’s Top Import Partners

b>Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 1, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 1, 2016

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 1, 2016

Candy Industry, 2015 Top 100 Confectionery Companies in the World. Accessed on May 1, 2016