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Egypt Purchases $45,000 Worth of Israeli Chocolate in 2015

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Israeli chocolate exports reached $10 million in 2015. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israel’s domestic chocolate industry is growing and among its export destinations is none other than its southern neighbor, Egypt.

In figures released by the Israeli Economy Ministry, Israel exported some $45,000 worth of domestically produced chocolate to the North African country.

Still, most Israeli-made chocolate went to US and European markets, with the US importing more than $5 million and the UK importing $1.2 million. France imported $601,000 and Russia $157,000. In all, Israeli chocolates reached store shelves in 42 countries, according to the figures.

In total, Israeli chocolate exports reached $10 million in 2015, which is still a minuscule fraction of the global chocolate trade — Germany exported $4.9 billion in 2014, Belgium, $3 billion, and the US, $1.6 billion.

But Israeli chocolates continued to permeate far-flung markets, including in Angola and Brazil, and with consumption having tripled in eastern Asia in recent years, according to the Economy Ministry, the market is only looking up for Israel’s 28 companies exporting the sweets.

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  • Gary

    Max Brenner chocolates I believe ? What happened to BDS,the Egyptians
    Obviously haven t heard of it or quite rightly paying
    No attention to it !!

  • Thanks Jay. Ever been called a kill joy?

  • Carolyn

    Is any of this chocolate produced by the Romanian chocolate found in Tel Aviv on, or near,
    Dizengov Street in the ’70’s and early ’80’s, at least? They made one of the very finest
    chocolates in the world. If the company still exists, I would love to know where and how to order it.

    • susan

      Don’t know of Romanian chocolates, but there’s a great 70% cacao chocolate that comes from Poland (brand is Baron) and is delicious — you can buy it in the Carmel market.

  • Chocolate is not a “sweet” per se. Chocolate confections contain varying amounts of sugar added to counter the bitter taste of chocolate.

    There is a need for chocolates that are totally dairy-free, that is to say, not processed on dairy equipment. There is also a need to monitor chocolates for their heavy metal content.