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Global demand for British chocolate has gone up since Brexit
Chocolate exports from the UK were worth £405million last year, up 13 per cent from 2015, according to new data from the Department for International Trade.
The lion’s share continues to go to EU countries, where UK chocolate exports reached £272million in 2016, an increase of 18 per cent from the previous year.
Britain’s confectionery brands have also seen sales grow further afield, with chocolate exports to non-EU countries rising from £127million to £133million in the same period.
Canada, Australia, the US and the United Arab Emirates now account for nearly half of the UK’s non-EU exports of chocolate, while more and more people in Hong Kong and South Africa are also choosing British treats.
Separate figures from the Food and Drink Federation, released in November, also showed a surge in chocolate exports, with the group pinning part of the growth on a weaker pound.
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Sterling’s near 20 per cent plummet against the dollar has made British products cheaper overseas and buoyed domestic exporters.
Last year alone we exported more than £400million worth of chocolate across the world
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “For years, people all over the world have enjoyed the very best of British chocolate.
“Now these statistics show that, for both artisan chocolatiers and worldleading brands, there is an increasing appetite for our diverse range of sweet treats.
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Liam Fox said his department 'is committed to supporting our first-class confectionery industry'
“Last year alone we exported more than £400million worth of chocolate across the world.
“My department is committed to supporting our first-class confectionery industry and helping new exporters get their first taste of international success, as part of an outward-looking global Britain.”