Chocolate worth its weight in gold to UK exports

Chocolate worth its weight in gold to UK exports

As chocolate-lovers celebrate World Milk Chocolate Day today, Yorkshire and the Humber-based businesses are securing the UK’s top ten spot in the world’s biggest chocolate exporters.

The UK is currently listed as the 9th biggest exporter of chocolate in the world, even ahead of Switzerland. And now chocolatiers in Yorkshire and the Humber are being encouraged to take advantage of the demand.

David Greenwood-Haigh, a chocolatier from Wakefield, and Cracking Candy Company, a specialist manufacturer of chocolate bars in flavours such as Eton Mess, Scottish Raspberry, Rhubarb & Custard and English Caramel, are just two of the companies which are contributing to the UK’s chocolate exports.

David, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the food industry as a Master Chef member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, established his Coeur de Xocolat business in 2011 to specialise in chocolate themed events, corporate team-building, consultations and demonstrations in the UK and abroad.

Recent exporting of his talents and expertise saw David host events in Dubai and France and even a three-day Chocolate Safari to Bruges, Belgium.

Cracking Candy Company owners Barry Precious, Stephen Winterhalder and his son Chris launched the business in 2014 and having started to export in 2015 now supply their chocolate bars to the Caribbean, Asia and the Gulf.

Barry said: “The world gets smaller every day and it’s therefore important for any brand to have a global strategy. No matter how small the business, you have to think beyond these shores.”

Susan Waterson, deputy regional director for UK Trade & Investment Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Right now, UK chocolate products are in demand all over the world.

“From Turkey to Peru, the demand is out there and you could be too” 

 

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