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Caramel Market Trends

ID: MRFR//1254-CR | 120 Pages | Author: Harshita Gorade| January 2019

Global Caramel Market Overview

Caramel Market Size was valued at USD 2.35 billion in 2023. The caramel industry is projected to grow from USD 2.40 Billion in 2024 to USD 3.74 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.71% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). One major market driver propelling the growth of the market is the rising demand for confectionary items among consumers. Furthermore, the expansion of the food and beverage industry is fueling the market.

Caramel Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Caramel Market Trends

  • Increasing the Use of Baking Ingredients in Developing Countries to Promote Market Growth

Along with expanding consumer pleasure in bakery goods, there is an increase in the consumption of baking ingredients. Given that caramel is one of the most commonly used colorings, it is used in a wide variety of products, such as cereals, cookies, some bread, deli meats, and beverages like tea, coffee, soda, and alcoholic beverages. Consumers are drawn to these applications, which raises the overall volume of product sales. Sales of bakery goods have also increased as a result of consumer desire for baked goods that are additive-free, non-GMO, clean-label, and health-promoting. The most popular snack enjoyed at sporting events, movie theaters, food festivals, concerts, and other locations around the world is caramel popcorn, which is why it is currently in style. As a result, this sector is fueling the market's expansion. Thus, this factor is driving the market CAGR.

Furthermore, the market is expanding significantly due to consumer desire for rich and sweet flavors. Our brains are wired to crave sugar and other sweet sensations, thus the desire for sweet and indulgent flavors has its roots in human biology. The popularity of sweet and decadent flavors is influenced by a number of factors, including biological preferences as well as cultural and societal considerations. Consumers favor sweet and rich flavors because they offer a satisfying sensory experience. For instance, the sweetness of caramel can cause the brain to produce dopamine, which can result in emotions of pleasure and reward. This may result in a favorable connection with the flavor and raise customer propensity to buy caramel-containing goods. Indulgent and sweet flavors are popular among consumers for a variety of social and cultural reasons. Sweet and decadent foods are often consumed during festivities and on special occasions in several cultures. For instance, desserts and sweets are frequently served at holidays and other occasions in Western societies. This cultural tie may help sweet and decadent flavors like caramel gain even more popularity. Thus, it is anticipated that this aspect will accelerate caramel market revenue globally.

Segment Insights

Caramel Function Insights

The caramel market segmentation, based on function, includes colors, toppings, flavors, fillings and others. The colors segment held the majority share in 2022 in the caramel industry data. Foods are colored with caramel color, which aids in altering the structure and texture of the meal and draws people to color their food. Because it serves to give a variety of hues that increase the variety in beverages, the usage of caramel color is growing in a variety of beverages, which is expanding the growth in the market.

Caramel Form Insights

The caramel market segmentation, based on form, includes solid, semi-solid and liquid. The liquid segment dominated the market growth in 2022 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. Throughout the beginning of time, people have enjoyed topping or serving food with liquid caramel because it is delicious and adaptable. Cream and sugar are heated together until the right consistency is reached to create this sweet, gooey product. Because to its creamy texture and sweet flavor, it is frequently used in savory foods, beverages, and even sweets.

Figure 1: Caramel Market, by Form, 2022 & 2030 (USD Billion)Caramel Market, by Form, 2022 & 2030

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Caramel Application Insights

The caramel market data, based on application, includes bakery, dessert, confectionery, beverage, dairy & frozen desserts, snacks and others. The bakery segment dominated the caramel industry revenue in 2022 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030 because people are eating more cakes, pastries, and other bakery goods. Since it enhances flavor, caramel is frequently used in bakery products. Following the COVID, bakery product sales have increased by 5%, which is likely to drive the market.

Caramel Regional Insights

By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Asia Pacific caramel market accounted for USD 1.1 billion in 2022 with a share of around 45.80% and is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR growth during the study period. The consumption of products with caramel flavors has increased as a result of changing eating habits and lifestyles. The chocolate sector is expanding quickly in India, and sales of confectionary items surged by 64%, further boosting the growth of the market.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are: The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe caramel market accounts for the second-largest market share. This is due to the rapid improvements in technology that help the food and beverage industry develop. However, the demand for caramel is being driven up by the growing consumption of convenience foods and confectionary items. This contributes to the expansion of the market. Further, the UK market of caramel held the largest market share, and the Germany caramel industry was the fastest growing market in the region.

North America caramel Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2022 to 2030 because of growing disposable incomes, which has spurred the region's market expansion for ingredients for caramel. The market is growing as a result of the rising demand for caramel-based ingredients, the entry of foreign competitors, and the rise of homegrown companies. Furthermore, compared to other regions, developing countries have the most retail establishments. Moreover, US market of caramel held the largest market share, and the Canada caramel industry was the fastest growing market in the region.

Caramel Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the market grow even more. Market participants are also taking a range of strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, with key market developments such as new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the caramel industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.

One of the primary business strategies adopted by manufacturers in the caramel industry to benefit clients and expand the market sector is to manufacture locally to reduce operating costs. In recent years, caramel industry has provided medicine with some of the most significant benefits. The caramel market major player such as Cargill Inc., Nestlé S.A., Mars Inc., Kerry Group, Ferrero SpA, Sensient Technologies Corporation, Goetze’s Candy Company Inc., Frito-Lay, DDW The Color House, Sethness-Roquette Caramel Color, Bakels Worldwide, Alvin Caramel Colours, Martin Braun KG, Puratos Group and Metarom.

The Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli owns all of the American candy company The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Domenico Ghirardelli, an Italian chocolatier who lived and worked in South America before settling in California, started the business, which bears his name. In 2020, a five-ounce bag of the brand-new White Chocolate Caramel SQUARES from Ghirardelli costs $4.49. The company's growth in the caramel product category has been aided by this product launch.

With an average yearly production of 2.3 million tonnes of cocoa and chocolate, Barry Callebaut is a Belgian-Swiss manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate. It was founded in 1996 as a result of the union of the French company Cacao Barry and the Belgian chocolate manufacturer Callebaut. In 2019, the release of Caramel Aura, Barry Callebaut's newest chocolate creation, was announced. With the inclusion of specialized ingredients in conjunction with the fine-tuned processing, this most recent addition to Barry Callebaut's caramel collection offers a premium and decadent flavor experience. The result is a creamy, warm, memorable, and flavor-forward caramel experience.

Key Companies in the caramel market includes

  • Cargill Inc.

  • Nestlé S.A.

  • Mars Inc.

  • Kerry Group

  • Ferrero SpA

  • Sensient Technologies Corporation

  • Goetze’s Candy Company Inc.

  • Frito-Lay

  • DDW The Color House

  • Sethness-Roquette Caramel Color

  • Bakels Worldwide

  • Alvin Caramel Colours

  • Martin Braun KG

  • Puratos Group

  • Metarom

Caramel Industry Developments

June 2021: Kerry Group's Big Train brand, which produces hot and cold beverage mixes containing the "GanedenBC30" probiotic for use by foodservice operators, has introduced new dairy-free caramel latte tastes. To satisfy consumer demand for healthier products, this innovation was created.

June 2021: The most recent addition to the True Caramel line from British Bakels is Chocolate Millionaires Caramel PF. With a chocolatey touch, this new product offers all the adaptable properties of classic Millionaires Caramel. The product was introduced by the corporation to broaden its True Caramel product line and accelerate the expansion of caramel ingredients.

Caramel Market Segmentation

Caramel Function Outlook (USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • Colors

  • Toppings

  • Flavors

  • Fillings

  • Others

Caramel Form Outlook (USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • Solid

  • Semi-Solid

  • Liquid

Caramel Application Outlook (USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • Bakery

  • Dessert

  • Confectionery

  • Beverage

  • Dairy & Frozen Desserts

  • Snacks

  • Others

Caramel Regional Outlook (USD Billion, 2019-2030)

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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