From Pralines to Multinationals the Economic History of Belgian Chocolate

40 Pages Posted: 28 May 2016

See all articles by Maria Garrone

Maria Garrone

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Hannah Pieters

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Johan F. M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); European Commission, DG II

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: May 2016

Abstract

Belgium is associated with high-quality chocolate products and Belgian companies play an important role in cocoa processing. However, in historical perspective the global success andvreputation of Belgian chocolate is a relatively recent phenomenon. Especially since the 1980s exports of “Belgian chocolates” have grown exponentially. We document the growth of the sector and discuss its determinants. Today, the very concept of “Belgian chocolate” faces challenges, as successful companies have been taken over by international investors and because its success has led others to imitate. Recently there have been attempts to protect “true” Belgian chocolate.

Keywords: Chocolate, Belgium, Economic History, Internationalization

Suggested Citation

Garrone, Maria and Pieters, Hannah and Swinnen, Johan F.M., From Pralines to Multinationals the Economic History of Belgian Chocolate (May 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2785572 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2785572

Maria Garrone (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

Waaistraat 6 - box 3511
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Hannah Pieters

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

Waaistraat 6 - box 3511
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Johan F.M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

Waaistraat 6
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

European Commission, DG II ( email )

Wetstrath 200
Office 15172
1049 Brussels
Belgium
+32-2-2960442 (Phone)
Not available (Fax)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
119
rank
183,976
Abstract Views
811
PlumX Metrics
!

Under construction: SSRN citations will be offline until July when we will launch a brand new and improved citations service, check here for more details.

For more information