Rapid urbanization and changing dietary habits is expected to drive the global confectionery market over the forecast period. Rising disposable income, increasing population and innovative products are projected to positively influence the market. Innovative products with superior qualities such as low sugar, fat and cholesterol content are slated to further aid in the market growth over the next six years. Surge in general health problems such as obesity, breathlessness and stomach disorders among the younger population can be attributed to irregular eating habits and unhealthy food consumption. Rising health awareness and consciousness regarding the high calorie food consumption is expected to retard the market growth. Increasing raw material prices along with the varying consumer spending habits is anticipated to hinder market growth over the next six years. Different confectionery products have different market characteristics pertaining to different geographies. Chocolate confectionery dominated the confectionery product market over the recent years, followed by gum and sugar confectionery. Chocolate market is segmented on the basis of regional tastes, where as sugar confectionery market is fragmented due to the availability of multiple local producers. Such variation in the market poses financial and logistical challenges for the industry participants. However, chocolate and gum confectionery industries are fairly consolidated, with global key producers accounting for a major market share. Innovative product positioning coupled with attractive packaging and creative advertising is presumed to open up lucrative opportunities for the industry participants in the near future. R&D activities on manufacturing confectionery products with natural ingredients and low negative health impacts promise abundant opportunities for the established as well as new entrants in the market. In addition, functional confectionery products such as cough drops, nutritional tablets and premium sweets promise rapid market growth and related opportunities for the participants.
Europe dominated the global confectionery market in the recent past, followed by North America and Asia Pacific. Emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India are slated to witness significant growth in the confectionery market owing to rising demand and rapid population growth.
Key confectionery market participants include Ferrero Group, Nestle SA, Hershey Food Corp, Amul, Lotte, Petra Foods, Parle Products, Cadbury Plc, Mars Inc., Lindt & Sprungli, Cupa Chups SA, Kraft Foods Co., and Perfetti Van Meller.
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