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British confectionary exporter celebrates busiest Easter in 70 years

There are certain times of year when Brits living abroad really want a taste of home and it seems that Easter is one of those periods.

Exporter of British confectionary abroad, Ramsden International has experienced its most successful Easter in the whole of its 70-year history.

It found that demand for Easter eggs was up 28 per cent from Brits in Spain, Cyprus and the US, where it sent products made by Cadbury, Thorntons and Kinnerton.

Sean Ramsden, managing director of Ramsden International, told the Telegraph: "Trade doesn't just mirror expat countries such as Canada or France. Religious countries with an emerging urban elite who are interested in Western products are also ordering Easter eggs and other British products."

These include destinations such as the Philippines and Panama, with no corner of the world wishing to miss out on chocolate this Easter. In total, 40 countries were served by Ramsden International.

There are some fears that the strong pound is taking its toll on export opportunities at present, but this could not be seen in the Easter egg market.

Ramsden International has been in business since 1946, but didn't start sending products abroad until the 1970s when it received an unsolicited order from the Faroe Islands.

Word spread quickly and before long, the wholesale company specialised in exporting goods to those overseas.

Expatriates still order Marmite, English mustard and Heinz tomato ketchup, while people of all nationalities crave Somerset cider and Scottish shortbread.

French food lovers are also keen to have their teas and jams sent directly from the UK in order to ensure they get the genuine article.

Ramsden International sends a lot of its parcels to 120 companies, including small supermarkets and speciality retailers.

They then sell the products on to regular customers and those missing the tastes of Britain. For expat children all over the world, the sight of a Cadbury Easter egg must have been very exciting.

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