Some Easter statistics for you


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 29 March 2013
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• In 2012, a survey by ComRes found that 90% of Christians think that children today know less about Easter than compared to thirty years before.
• 77% of Christians believe that Easter is more important than Christmas.
• According to a survey by Chocolate Manufacturers Association, Switzerland has the highest consumption of chocolate in the world at 22.36 pounds per person, followed by Austria with 20.13 pounds and Ireland with 19.47 pounds. 16 of the top 20 countries are European with the UK in 7th place. The US is in 10th place.


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• In India, the average person eats only 165g of chocolate a year. In China, the average person eats only 99g a year.
• Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world's almonds and 20% of the world's peanuts.
• Around 3.5 million tonnes of cocoa beans are produced each year. Demand is expected to exceed 4.5 million tonnes by 2020.
• Close to 50 million people are dependent on cocoa for their livelihood.
• Over 90% of the world’s cocoa is grown on 5.5 million small farms, mainly in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
• Many cocoa farmers and workers are among the 2.1 billion people living on $2 a day.
• The global chocolate confectionery market was worth around $79.4bn in 2010.
• World cocoa processing and chocolate production and sales are dominated by 10 companies
• Cocoa growers currently receive around 6% of the price of chocolate paid by consumers in rich countries, compared with around 16% in the late 1980s
• In the UK alone, the chocolate industry is worth over £3.6 million. Easter chocolate sales are worth about £500m a year.
• Easter chocolate sales make up 10% of Britain's annual spending on chocolate.
• There were 45% more new Easter chocolate products in 2012 than there had been in 2011.
• In 2013, one out of 800 million eggs available for sale in UK tells the Easter story.
• The Ivory Coast in West Africa is the world's leading producer of cocoa - supplying 43%.
• According to Science Daily, white chocolate has to be made up of ‘at least 20% cocoa butter and no more than 55%sugar.’
• A report published by the US government in 2011 said there were 1.8 million children in West Africa involved in growing cocoa.
• Fairtrade Chocolate sales now make up almost 10% of UK chocolate confectionary sales worth £343 million.
• Over 1500 Easter eggs are inside the Easter Egg museum in Ciechanowiec, Poland setting the world record for the largest Easter Egg collection.
• Novelty chocolate products e.g. lambs, chicks, and bunnies are a big growth market for the UK chocolate companies as sales grew by 25% in 2011.
• According to the Greeting Card Association 2010 report 21.9 million Easter cards with a retail value of £14.8 million were sold in 2009.

These statistics were taken from a variety of different sources –; Science Daily; Evangelical Alliance; Wiki;; Simon Fraser University;; BBC News; World Record Academy; CNN News.


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