Crunchy or fondant. In cake, mousse, drink or tablet. Milk or dark … There are a thousand and one ways to taste chocolate and the fair which opens this Wednesday, October 31 and is held until Sunday in Paris puts them in the spotlight: 500 participants from 60 countries meet up to welcome the 130,000 gourmets expected. On the program: taste and spectacle with, for example, 10 masterful works and 20 chocolate dresses to please the eyes. But what does the chocolate sector represent in France? The point in five digits.
7.3 kg consumed per year and per capita
Each year, a French person swallows an average of 7.3 kilos of chocolate according to the figures relayed by the Chocolate Syndicate in its 2017 report. A figure which is very slightly higher than the European average (7.2 kilos) but which remains very low. below the consumption of the Germans with their 11 kg per year, the Belgians (10.9 kg) or the Swiss (10.8 kg). These last two countries are well known for their chocolates.