One of the stronger performers throughout the lagging economy was chocolate. While real estate may have taken a big hit, the chocolate industry actually experienced a 19% growth in sales from 2007 to 2012 – and that trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Mintel, a global market research firm, is forecasting the chocolate industry to grow 15% through 2017.
This phenomenon is actually easily explainable and can be chalked up to one simple fact – no matter what, consumers love chocolate. With an average annual consumption per person of 11 pounds, an average American adult eats their own body weight in chocolate every ten to twenty years. Chocolate demand is primarily driven by two main consumer groups – luxury seekers who don’t mind indulging and healthy snackers seeking the numerous health benefits of chocolate.
It’s no myth that chocolate, in the right ways, can be healthy. The ingredients in chocolate have quite a significant impact on brain chemistry, triggering the brain’s pleasure centers into converting them into the feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine. With both Valentine’s Day and Easter right around the corner, chocolate is going to be on everyone’s mind (and tongue). Make sure you’re stocked up and ready.
At Truly Good Foods, we carry only the best when it comes to chocolate. From our very own products – like our Dip & Devour or our custom snack mixes such as Chocolate Enticement to bulk unwrapped chocolate, chocolate decorations and wrapped retail chocolate.