We love chocolate as much as the next person; if the next person was Lebanon, Jordan, and Kenya. Apparently, one of Egypt’s biggest export markets is chocolate, but the story as to how it wasn’t easy to get there is bittersweet.
After a two year decline of both chocolate production and exports, companies dominating the confectionery market strived to get back in the game. With the demand for an increase in domestic production in the face of the annoying surge in import prices, chocolate companies in Egypt committed to an increase in volume of goods manufactured and exports.
2019 was hence the year of Egyptian-exported chocolate: the market had become one of the country’s top exports, with those sweet treats gaining an impressive export value increase of double the preceding year’s figures.
We didn’t know everyone loved our chocolate so much. As well as domestic, homegrown brands like Corona, Cadbury, owning two Mondelez-operated chocolate manufacturing facilities in Egypt, is a major export player.
You didn’t hear this from us, but they even make chocolate products exclusively for foreign markets that are not released in Egypt. Needless to say, we’re kind of jealous.
It’s the Egyptian soil, people. Maybe, for once, the grass is greener on this side.