Chocolate is a preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds that are made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, which may also be used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods. The earliest signs of use are associated with Olmec sites (within what would become Mexico’s post-colonial territory) suggesting consumption of chocolate beverages, dating from 19 centuries BCE. The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs. Chocolate is one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and many foodstuffs involving chocolate exist, including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Many candies are filled with or coated with sweetened chocolate. Chocolate bars, either made of solid chocolate or other ingredients coated in chocolate, are eaten as snacks. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate, and in some alcoholic drinks, such as creme de cacao. Although cocoa originated in the Americas, West African countries, particularly Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, are the leading producers of cocoa in the 21st century, accounting for some 60% of the world cocoa supply. You can find Chocolate Industry Market Size, Chocolate Industry Market Share, and other trends and statistics below and you can get help with additional Chocolate industry market research here.
The rising income levels of consumers and changing lifestyles are the key factors increasing the impulse purchase of consumers. Children and grown-ups keep buying chocolates irrespective of their economic situation because chocolates are related to impulse purchases and are correlated with rewards and moments of happiness. Consumers in the shopping store might not specifically be shopping for confectionery goods like chocolates. However, related confectionery items displayed at prominent places attract buyers’ attention and cause impulse buying behavior in them. The color and packaging of the chocolates play an important role in their purchase. The attractive packaging and color help the manufacturer in gaining a prompt spontaneous response from consumers. Rising awareness regarding dark chocolate as a healthier confectionery product, which consists of antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, is expected to promote the market growth also. As per the health experts, moderate consumption of chocolate boosts serotonin that calms the brain and acts as an antidepressant. It also releases endorphins in the body, which instantly elevates mood. Consumption of chocolate also suppresses the release of cortisol, a stress hormone. Chocolates are also associated with a token of appreciation, love, and happiness, which are given as gifts during the festive season, thereby propelling the product demand.
The Chocolate Industry is a Mature market composed of many competitors. Mars market share was the largest with $18B of the Chocolate Industry net sales in 2019. Mars chocolates are available in 80 countries around the world. Mars Chocolate brand portfolio includes the brands Snickers, M&M, Twix, Dove, Goodness Knows, Musketeers, Milky Way, Combos, and Maltesers. Ferrero's market net sales were $13B of the Chocolate Industry market in 2019. Ferrero Rocher chocolates include a single product offer with different packaging sizes. Mondelez market net sales were $12B of the Chocolate Industry market in 2019. Mondelez products are available in 150 countries around the world. The main chocolate brands are 5 Star, Cadbury, Alpen Gold, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cote d´Or, Freia, Lacta, Marabou, Milka, and Toblerone. Meiji market net sales were $10B of the Chocolate Industry market in 2019. Meiji has the largest market share in the chocolate industry in Japan, with 24% of the chocolate industry market share. Meiji offers a variety of 6 different chocolate products on its portfolio.
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