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Choc full of sweet taste of success

IRISH chocolatiers such as Butlers and Lily O'Briens are among the best-placed to beat the recession -- Irish chocolate makers saw exports of luxury chocolate jump by as much as 10 per cent last year, according to Bord Bia.

The value of chocolate crumb -- which is used to manufacture chocolate -- exported from Ireland last year also jumped by 10 per cent to €47m, said Bord Bia. Exports of Irish muffins and seeded bread are also doing well.

"Bord Bia estimates that Irish bakery exports will be worth €30.84m for 2009 -- that's compared to €25.7m in 2008," said a spokeswoman.

Sunday Independent