February 14, 2011
Valentine’s Day is a big day for those of us who love chocolate. According to Nielsen, 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold during Valentine’s week. Who’s eating all that chocolate? Who’s selling it? Who’s producing it? Take a look at our Chocolate World Map to get the full story.
Some highlights – the Germans take the cake with a total of 24.5 lbs of chocolate consumed per person each year. That’s twice as much as the average American consumes. The top chocolate candy company by revenue has long been Mars, Inc, but with Kraft’s recent acquisition of Cadbury, we expect Kraft will move from 6th place to 1st place very soon. The top exporter of cocoa is Côte d’Ivoire, which produces a whopping 1,222,000 metric tonnes per year, almost twice as much as the next largest producer.
As you may have guessed, we built all of this using our Rhiza Upshot software, which makes it really easy to collect data from existing sources (or create new feeds of data) and then publish map-based analysis of that data to the web, Google Earth, Powerpoint and lots of other useful places. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to add this type of powerful tool for your work.
All of us at Rhiza would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. We’ll be celebrating with a bit of chocolate this afternoon and think you should too!