Breakfast Food Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Breakfast Food Market is Segmented by Product Type (Cereals, Beverage, Snack Bars, Ready Meals, and Other Product Types), Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets/Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, Online Retailers, and Other Distribution Channels), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of USD million for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Breakfast Food Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 4.6 %

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Market Overview

The global breakfast food market is expected to witness a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

As the lockdown was imposed in most parts of the world, the habit of breakfast consumption at home improved significantly as major restaurants and cafes were shut for a considerable amount of time owing to the pandemic situation. Moreover, the rising health consciousness among consumers to build immunity and sustain during the COVID-19 outbreak and the demand for healthy breakfast cereals and snacks have significantly improved over the year, which may improve over the forecast period. Moreover, there is a shift in general retailing as consumers became habitual of ordering their daily groceries online during the pandemic period. Hence, the online retail segment is likely to attain a significant growth rate in the years to come.

An increase in health awareness among people globally is making consumers increasingly prefer highly nutritious quick breakfast diets. Furthermore, the increase in the number of fitness enthusiasts who demand healthy foods, such as cereals and snack bars, on a regular basis is driving the growth of the market during the forecast period.​

The instant versions of breakfast cereals are considered convenient and satisfying among consumers, worldwide. The flavor varieties of breakfast cereals, along with their health-promoting traits, are driving the global market.

The breakfast sanctification has also prompted prominent companies operating in different processed food segments of the Asian Markets to diversify their offerings and enter the breakfast cereals category. For instance: Britannia Industries, a major bakery and dairy products manufacturer in India, introduced new breakfast items, such as oats and porridge, in the country.​

Scope of the Report

Breakfast is food that is eaten primarily for the first meal of the day. The breakfast food market offers different product types, such as cereals, beverages, snack bars, ready meals, and other product types. By distribution channel, the market is segmented into hypermarkets/supermarkets, specialist retailers, convenience stores, online retailers, and other distribution channels. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle-East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasting have been done in value terms of USD million.

By Product Type
Snack Bars
Ready Meals
Other Product Types
By Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Specialist Stores
Online Retailers
Other Distribution Channels
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rising Demand for Ready-to-eat Food in the Breakfast Market

The prevalence of hectic lifestyles across developed, as well as developing nations, has led to a trend of skipping breakfast meals, propelled mostly by the millennial segment. Therefore, this has resulted in leveraging the business of ready-to-eat food products owing to the increasing understanding of perception among consumers in devouring traditional breakfast meals throughout the day, thus considering RTE foods as the closest alternative to regular food. This segment is growing at a fast pace due to the high consumer acceptance for such breakfast food globally. Also, innovative products in functional ingredients, convenience, and organic foods and advancement in areas of packaging technology are expected to provide a future growth opportunity in the sector.

Breakfast Food Market1

Domination of Breakfast Food Products in North America

The North American market holds the majority of the share in the global breakfast food market demand, followed by Europe. The excess production capacity, changing consumer preferences across the spectrum of shopping habits, purchase behavior, and consumption patterns drive the market growth in the region. However, an opportunity exists for a brand to take over the breakfast market through consumer engagement, as demonstrated in recent years by PepsiCo, with Frito-Lay engagement programs in snacks and creative foodservice partnerships.

The manufacturers are also focusing on the health and wellness trend in North American, targeting young consumers and the working population. The changing lifestyle of consumers involving the consumption of smaller meals is further leading to the increased consumption of breakfast food, which is expected to propel the demand for products, such as snack bars, cereals, and others, in the region.


Competitive Landscape

The breakfast food market is entirely focused on business to consumers, where some of the major players in the market included are The Kellogg Company, General Mills Inc., Nestle SA, and The Kraft Heinz Company, among others. Leading manufacturers in the market are focusing on leveraging opportunities posed by emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, to expand their revenue base.

Key players investing in physical retail promotions are experiencing diminishing returns from merchandised products since competitive retailers accept more promotions and dilute the effectiveness of any single promotion. Omnichannel strategies are expected to yield the highest return on investment. However, key brands are embarking on mergers and acquisitions as their key strategy to achieve consolidation, along with optimization of their product offerings.

Recent Developments

In May 2018, Nestle SA launched breakfast cereals in India in a joint venture with General Mills Inc. to produce and sell breakfast cereals in the country.

In June 2018, Hindustan Unilever had launched traditional South Asian breakfast options, such as khichdi and upma. These new products are made with millets, such as jawar and bajra, under its Ayurveda brand Ayush.

In October 2018, Kellogg India launched Kellogg's Crunchy Granola Almonds & Cranberries. This new cereal is loaded with almonds and cranberries and consists of multi-grain clusters of oats, wheat, rice, corn, and barley and boasts of higher baked notes.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables and Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Beverages

      3. 5.1.3 Snack Bars

      4. 5.1.4 Ready Meals

      5. 5.1.5 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Specialist Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Online Retailers

      5. 5.2.5 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 By Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 The Kellogg Company

      2. 6.4.2 Del Monte Food Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Nestle S A

      4. 6.4.4 Pladis Foods Limited (McVitie's)

      5. 6.4.5 PepsiCo Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Unilever

      7. 6.4.7 Post Holdings Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 ITC Limited

      9. 6.4.9 Premier Foods Group Limited

      10. 6.4.10 Orkla ASA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Breakfast Food Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Breakfast Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Nestle SA, General Mills Inc., The Kellogg Company, Post Holdings Inc., PepsiCo Inc. are the major companies operating in Breakfast Food Market.

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