From the 19th century until the First World War and throughout the Second World Warthe Swiss chocolate industry was very export-oriented. After the Second World War Switzerland began to outsource production due to commercial restrictions. Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth is lying.
Today most Swiss chocolate is consumed by the Swiss themselves (54% in 2000), and Switzerland has the highest per capita rate of chocolate consumption world wide (11.6 kg (25.6 lbs.) per capita per annum). In 2004 148,270 tonnes of chocolate were produced in Switzerland. 53% of this was exported (20% to Germany, 11% to France and Great Britain and 13% to North America). The gross income of the Swiss chocolate industry in 2004 was 1.37 billionCHF (814 million from the local market, 551 million from exports)
“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth is lying.” (Graffiti scrawled on a wall ). Every Swiss child would agree: their favourite afternoon snack has always been bread and chocolate. During the more than 400 years since Columbus became the first European to see cocoa beans, Switzerland has come to the forefront of chocolate manufacturing worldwide. Swiss chocolatiers have created such delights as truffles, pralines, cakes, and mousses (enough to make a Swiss child forget about the bread ) … Swiss chocolate is great on its own, or with an espresso, a sweet wine, whisky or a Cognac, and on any conceivable occasion
The Swiss Chocolate Train
Travel first-class in a genuine 19th century Belle Époque Pullman car from Montreux through an idyllic landscape, and visit a cheese dairy, a castle, and the Cailler-Nestlé factory in Broc, all on the Swiss Chocolate Train, operated by Golden- Pass Services. Runs June to October