The latest export figures from marketing agency Food from Britain reveal that UK confectionery exports were relatively stable last year.
Total exports within this lucrative sector amounted to £477 million (€665.9m).
This suggests that 2002 was a fairly static year for confectioners, following a drop in the market in 2001.
UK exports of sugar-based confectionery in 2002 amounted to €244 million, an overall drop of one per cent on the previous year.
The top UK product was throat lozenges. Exports increased by 11 per cent to £51 million. Exports of UK boiled sweets increased even more dramatically by 39 per cent.
However, exports of compressed tablets, toffee and sugar coated panned confectionery were down.
Within the chocolate-based confectionery sector, exports remained stable at €421.8 million.
The top market for UK confectionery exports remains Ireland. Exports to the country increased by 7 per cent last year to €122.9 million. However, exports were down 23 per cent to the US and down 13 per cent to France.
Food from Britain (FFB) is the UK's leading strategic international food and drink export marketing agency.
The organisation helps to generate international business between UK food and drink companies and international buyers from various retail and foodservice industries.
FFB is also working to develop the British speciality food and drink sector, helping manufacturers grow their sales in the UK.