TEHRAN – The value of Iranian exports of sweets, chocolates and grain products increased by 21 percent in the first month of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-April 20), compared to the same month of l Last year, an official with the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) was announced.
Mahmoud Bazari, general manager of TPO’s office of agricultural products and processing industries, said that the export of the mentioned items also registered a growth of 13 percent in terms of weight in the mentioned month.
While mentioning Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Azerbaijan as the main target markets for the export of these products, he said that the production of sweets and chocolates in the country has progressed well over the past ten years. years and could be considered to have an acceptable status. in terms of quality and variety of products.
The confectionery and chocolate industry is one of the oldest food industries in Iran and is now the country’s second largest food exporter after the dairy industry.
About 100% of investments in this industry are in the private sector and most of its products are globally competitive.
The advantage of the confectionery and chocolate industry is the supply of its raw materials within the country.
With this advantage, any investment will bring profit to this industry.
With the support of domestic producers and products and the ban on importing foreign products into this sector, Iranian producers are now able to meet the needs of the domestic market and are welcomed by domestic consumers.
This industry also aims to boost exports to various markets around the world.
Iran exports sweets and chocolates to 66 countries and the industry is expected to export $ 1 billion annually.
As the industry tries to achieve the goal of surging production and also to boost exports, it faces challenges especially in terms of production, as production costs rise.
Meanwhile, sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic have made accessing global markets difficult, and domestic demand has also declined.
The president of the Association of Iranian Confectionery Manufacturing Companies said that due to the sanctions, the importation of raw materials and essences from Europe has been stopped and products from Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and China had been replaced. of much lower quality.
Because of this, the overall quality of confectionery and chocolate products has also changed, Jamshid Maghazei said.