Even though cocoa beans were discovered in the Americas, about two-thirds of the world's cocoa is produced in Africa. The main cocoa-producing country was the Ivory Coast in 2015/2016, followed by Ghana and Indonesia. The Ivory Coast was also reported as one of the main cocoa bean processors in that year.
During the production process, chocolate is manufactured from cocoa butter. The all-time favorite treat recorded retail sales of about 101 billion U.S. dollars worldwide in 2015. One year earlier, some 35 percent of all chocolate sales were generated in Western Europe. According to industry experts, Switzerland had the highest chocolate confectionery consumption per person than any other country. On average, every Swiss citizen consumed about 8.8 kilograms of chocolate in 2015, with the United States coming in at fifth position at 5.5 kilograms.
The key players in the chocolate business included Mars Inc., Mondelez International, and Nestlé in 2016. Lindt and Sprüngli was also ranked among the leading global chocolate companies.