Sweet News for Germany: 12.9 Kilograms of Chocolate Per Person Produced in 2022

As the holiday season kicks off, Germany indulges its sweet tooth, with a staggering 1.09 million tons of chocolate confections produced in 2022, marking a 1.3% increase from the previous year. According to the latest data from the Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis), this translates to a mouthwatering 12.9 kilograms of chocolate per person, approximately equivalent to enjoying two and a half chocolate bars every week.

Key Insights:

  1. Chocolate Imports: The key ingredient in chocolate, cocoa, plays a pivotal role in Germany’s sweet production. In 2022, Germany imported a total of 473,400 tons of cocoa beans, a notable increase of 5.8% from the previous year. The majority of these imports, 47.8%, originated from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), with significant contributions from Ghana (9.7%) and Nigeria (5.8%).
  2. Rising Costs: While the production of chocolate and cocoa-based products in Germany saw a 12.6% price increase in October 2023 compared to the same month in 2022, the prices of raw materials for chocolate surged even more. Import prices for cocoa beans and cocoa nibs skyrocketed by 53.9%, and prices for cocoa mass and cocoa butter rose by 27.6% during the same period. Additionally, the cost of a crucial ingredient, sugar, soared by 26.2% in October 2023 compared to the previous year.
  3. Global Origins: The global supply chain for cocoa beans highlights the international nature of chocolate production, with substantial contributions from countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.
  4. Holiday Indulgence: The timing of this chocolate revelation aligns with the festive season, where chocolate treats often fill the boots on St. Nicholas Day and continue to be a cherished part of holiday celebrations.
  5. Economic Impact: The price hikes in raw materials raise questions about potential implications for consumers and producers alike, especially considering the upcoming holiday season, traditionally a peak period for chocolate consumption.

As Germans savor their sweet treats, the increasing production and rising costs provide a bittersweet backdrop to the nation’s chocolate consumption trends. This insight into the chocolate industry reflects not only the nation’s love for cocoa delights but also the broader economic dynamics influencing the sweet world of German chocolate.