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North American Chocolate Confectionery Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//1000-HCR | 90 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| June 2024

The North American Chocolate Confectionery Market consists of intricate mix of market dynamics that propel, influence and even determine, its saga of growth, trends and market dynamics. One of the most noticeable elements is the evolving consumer attitudes towards brands. In the past several years, the people in North America specially have been choosing delicious and wide-ranging snacks other than chocolate sweets. They have begun purchasing these products more than before, so this has reflected on the chocolate confectionery companies. Moreover, with rising concern health, consumers are currently early demand chocolate snacks that match with their wellness goals thus, manufacturers of chocolate confectionery are required to emerge with other trends to meet the evolving and changing consumer preferences.

Another substantial component, which molds the market equilibrium, is the retail customers' new mode of life. The need for snacking that is produced on the move, the condition of on-the-go consumption and the trend towards the desire for being convenient have caused the change in people's lifestyles which then results in the growing popularity of the portable and convenient chocolate confectionery as snack. Makers react by introducing packaging solutions, e.g. smaller portion packs and those that are individually wrapped, to correspond to the needs of busy people who are constantly looking for temporary indulgences in their busy lives.

Amongst all humongous factors in the market supply of the North American Chocolate Confectionery Market no other thing is as bigger factor as economic conditions. The economic situation, in particular such as the shifts in available income and the consumers' spending level will straight impact on the purchasing behaviour of consumers. Consumers, in times of economic uncertainty, revisit their spending habits, which eventually affect the buying of things such as choco confectionery, which are not necessarily essential. The knowledge of what has led to the current success or challenges is an important aspect in the companies being able to consider their business strategies under this economic environment.

Competition-wise, a pattern of competitive relation among the main stakeholders is observed which aims to seize the market share. This competition is a great incentive for chip chocolate manufacturers to be engaged in an on-going inventions, not only in accordance with the development of new items but also marketing tactics. These constitute the components of a strong differentiation strategy that entail provision of distinct tastes, top-of-the-range ingredients, and collaboration with strategic partners. The capacity of staying at the frontline of competitors when it comes to innovation and having the quick response to the particular market trends is the essence of business survival in this dynamic environment.

The regulatory environment is also made dynamic by the third factor influencing North American Chocolate Confectionery Market. The regulations related to labeling, health claims, and the standards for ingredients affect the business processes of chocolate bar production from manufacture, marketing, to sale. The apparatus of keeping up with these regulations and ensuring the quality and safety of the products is extensive and needs to be run by the manufacturers. On the other hand, consumer awareness of both of these regulations have grown and as a result people decide on the purchasing and brand trust are influenced.

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North American Chocolate Confectionery Market Overview

North American Chocolate Confectionery Market size was valued at USD 57.4 billion by 2032 Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2024 to 2032. is undergoing slow growth, owing to the changing consumer preference and increasing inclination towards healthier, natural, and clean label products. Furthermore, growing availability of a range of other snack products, such as nuts and meat snacks, have further impacted the growth of the chocolate confectionery market.

North American Chocolate Confectionery Market Overview

Key players in the region are emphasizing on innovation in chocolate confectionery products which is expected to support market growth in the region during the forecast period. Introduction of products with new flavors, such as lemon zest, chocolate products induced with different vegetables, fruits and nuts are gaining popularity among consumers, which will further expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period. Moreover, launches of miniature versions of popular products are expected to boost sale as they contain fewer calories comparatively.

Furthermore, key players are adopting various strategies to attract consumers and boost the market growth such as partnering with celebrities and famous sports personalities to endorse a product, launching new products during festive seasons to drive revenue generation, and creating a presence in digital space to provide consumers with the convenience of home shopping.

Market Segmentation

The North American chocolate confectionery market has been segmented into type, category, distribution channel, and country.

Based on type, the market has been segmented into milk, dark, white. Milk chocolate is a popular choice among consumers and holds a major market share. The dark chocolate segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period owing to health benefits of dark chocolates, including their antioxidant properties.

Based on category, the North American chocolate confectionery market has been segmented into chocolate bars, candies, and others.

Based on the distribution channel, chocolate confectionery market in North America has been segmented into store based and non store based. Store based category is further segmented into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience store, and others, while e-commerce websites are categorized under the non store based category. The store based segment is expected to show significant growth during the forecast period owing to strong consumer base and a wide variety of product.

Based on country, the market has been segmented into the US, Canada, and Mexico. The US is expected to dominate the North American chocolate confectionery market.

Key players

Mondelez (US), Mars (US), Blommer (US), Puratos (Belgium), Foley’s Candies LP (Canada), Cargill (US), Nestle SA (Switzerland), Hershey (US), Barry Callebaut (Switzerland), Guittard Chocolate Company (US), Valrhona (France), Alpezzi Chocolate (Mexico), Ghirardelli (US), Ferrero (Italy), Republica del Cacao (Ecuador), and Scharffen Berger (US)

Recent Industry Development

  • Ferrero (known for Nutella and Ferrero Rocher) continues to make strategic acquisitions. In 2023, they acquired Nestle's U.S. confectionery business, which strengthens their position in North America. They also unveiled new Kinder Chocolate products at a sweets expo in Chicago.

  • Hershey's (June 2024): Pioneered new innovations in retail AR (Augmented Reality) at the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo. This shows Hershey's focus on incorporating technology to enhance the customer experience. They were also part of the record-breaking attendance at the Expo.

  • Mars (May 2024): Appealed to Gen Z through product innovation, focusing on gummies and peanut butter products. This highlights Mars' strategy to cater to evolving consumer preferences. They were also recognized for their focus on sustainability in the confectionery industry.

Regional Market Summary

North American chocolate confectionery Market Share (%), by Region, 2021

North American chocolate confectionery Market Share

Source: Secondary Source, MRFR Analysis

The US is expected to hold the largest share of North American chocolate confectionery market followed by Canada and Mexico. Growing demand for low sugar confectionery products, innovative products  such as  protein bars  and introduction of  chocolate products with nuts and fruits  in the market is supporting the growth of the North American chocolate confectionery market.

North American chocolate confectionery Market, by Type

  • Milk

  • Dark

  • White

Market by category

  • Chocolate bars

  • Candies

  • Others

Market by Distribution channel

  • Store Based

    • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

    • Convenience Store

    • Others

  • Non Store based

Market by Country

  • North America

  • US

  • Canada

  • Mexico

Intended Audience

  • Cocoa bean producers and suppliers

  • Raw material suppliers and distributors

  • Regulatory bodies

  • Importers and exporters of chocolate confectionery

  • Trade association and industrial bodies

  • End-use industries

  • Supplier of food processing technology

  • Confectionery manufacturers and suppliers

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