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Germany cocoa in high global demand


Berlin: German chocolate is in high demand abroad. In 2012, the country sold cocoa products worth around $3.6 billion.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, German manufacturers exported 645,000 tonnes of chocolate and foods containing cocoa, with a value of 2.7 billion euros from January to November last year.

This was an increase of 5.7 percent in the total value of exported chocolate in comparison to the same period in 2011.

France bought over 13 percent of German chocolate, making it the biggest purchaser.

Britain was next with just over 11 percent and then Austria with nearly eight percent.

Germany imports 1.3 billion euros worth of chocolate.

Belgium was the main supplier country, accounting for over 26 percent of chocolate imported into Germany.