Average annual per capita consumption of chocolate has fallen in Switzerland over the last year.

Per capita consumption of chocolate products inched down by 600g to 11.3kg per year, reported Edicom. This put overall national consumption at 83,884 tonnes.

In a country in which excellent chocolate manufacturers abound, foreign chocolate products managed to increase their share of the market from 22.7% in 2002 to 24.2%. For the first time ever, at 51.1%, sales of Swiss chocolate products abroad were higher than domestic sales, which fell by 6.5% to 68,280 tonnes. Germany and the UK accounted for 22% and 12% respectively of these exports. While France and the US accounted for 10% and 3% in turn.

Turnover from chocolate exports rose 3.2% to SFr486m (US$359.1m). Turnover from domestic sales slumped 5.8% to SFr762m.