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Chocolate Facts from National Confectioners Association

American's love for chocolate has been good to the economy.
According to th National Confectioners Association, approximately 65,000 jobs in the US are directly involved in the manufacture of confectionery and chocolate products. When the distribution and sale of these products is taken into consideration, the employment effect triples.

* . For every dollar of cocoa imported, between one and two dollars of domestic agricultural products are used in the making of chocolate.

*Chocolate manufacturers are the second largest users of sugar in the US most of which is domestic sugar. The value of sugar consumed in chocolate manufacture is $800 million annually.

* The value of dairy products consumed in the making of chocolate last year was $490 million.

*22 million pounds of domestic peanuts annually which means that the chocolate industry consumes 25% of the US crop.

*43 million pounds of California almonds annually valued at $67 million.

* The US chocolate industry consumes $1.4 billion of cocoa and cocoa products.

47% of the total US imports of cocoa beans come from Cote d’Ivoire. Cote d’Ivoire supplies more than 40% of the world’s cocoa; and 29% of its total export revenues come from cocoa.

A typical recipe for milk chocolate includes 30-35% cocoa material. Dark chocolate requires about 70% cocoa material.

* The US chocolate industry generated $23.5 billion in sales last year of chocolate, chocolate confectionery, and sugar confectionery products.

* In 2002 the industry exported more than $726 million in chocolate, chocolate confectionery, and sugar confectionery products to more than 50 countries around the world.

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My name is Anna.
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By day I am a dietician, ironically as it may seem.
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