Premium Chocolate Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Premium Chocolate Industry Analysis & Luxury Chocolate Brands. The Market is Segmented by Product Type (Dark Premium Chocolate and White and Milk Premium Chocolate), Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets/Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online Retail Stores, and Other Distribution Channels), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Values in (USD) for the Above Segments.

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Premium Chocolate Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 35.97 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 54.91 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 8.83 %
Fastest Growing Market South America
Largest Market Europe

Major Players

Premium Chocolate Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Premium Chocolate Market Analysis

The Premium Chocolate Market size is estimated at USD 35.97 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 54.91 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.83% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Seasonal demand plays a vital role in the sales of premium chocolates. Product innovation is one of the main drivers of the market studied, which promotes awareness and customer involvement and attracts more customers. The demand for limited-edition chocolate is another factor driving the market's growth. Although significant manufacturers dominate the chocolate industry, the possibilities for high-quality and artisanal chocolates are increasing. Several companies launch a range of premium and luxury chocolate varieties with new flavors and packaging variations for occasions such as Christmas, New Year, and others. For instance, in June 2022, Purdy's Chocolatier launched the limited edition of the new Maple Sweet Georgia Browns in time for summer.

Another key trend impacting the premium chocolate market includes the growing demand for organic, vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free chocolates. With increasing awareness of the adverse effects of synthetic products on health and the environment, most health-conscious and informed consumers are shifting to organic products. Therefore, companies are launching innovative products to capitalize on customers' demands. For instance, in October 2023, Lindt expanded its dairy-free range in the US market with vegan versions of the popular Lindor truffles. As per the brand’s claim, the chocolate is available in two varieties: oat milk and dark oat milk.

Premium Chocolate Market Trends

White and Milk Chocolates are More Popular than Dark Variants

The growing popularity of white chocolates can be attributed to the increasing premiumization trend and their rich, soft, and creamy texture from their cocoa butter base and high sugar and milk content. White chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), white chocolate must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% milk, and no more than 55% sugar. Its mild flavor and creamy texture make white chocolate a versatile ingredient in baking, confectionery, and desserts. Launching new and healthy products with low sugar content is one of the prominent growth strategies of the leading market players operating in the premium chocolate market. They introduce different flavors by adding ingredients like vanilla, fruits, nuts, or spices, expanding the range of options and appealing to diverse tastes. For instance, in June 2022, Cadbury launched its first white chocolate bar, the Berry Crunch White Chocolate Bar. The product has 30% less sugar than regular bars.

Premium Chocolate Market: Import value of white chocolate, the United Kingdom, 2021-2022 (in Million GBP)

Europe Dominates the Market

Premium textured chocolates added with grains or cereals are the most popular type among Europeans. The United Kingdom is one of the most significant chocolate-consuming markets in Europe. Although plain chocolate appears to be the most popular choice, premium chocolates are gaining traction, with consumer preference growing toward premium dark chocolate. Packaging is also important when selecting carefully packed premium chocolates as gifts for special occasions. The growing popularity of gourmet chocolates prepared from ultra-fine cocoa beans is augmenting the growth of premium chocolates in Germany. Moreover, consumers are becoming increasingly health conscious, thus opting for premium products branded as organic, natural, cacao-rich, and single-origin. Furthermore, players are indulging in partnerships to support sustainability. For instance, Belgian premium chocolate brand Guylian allied with Fairtrade to convert 100% of its cocoa to align with the ethical movement for sustainability in 2022.

Premium Chocolate Market: Market Size (%), By Geography, Global, 2023

Premium Chocolate Industry Overview

The premium chocolate market is consolidated, with the top players holding significant market share worldwide. Global players with prominent market share include Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, Ferrero SpA, the Hershey Company, Mondelēz International, and Yildiz Holding. Major market players aim to offer high-priced chocolates to young consumers by increasing product accessibility and introducing innovative products. Tourists and travelers are significant consumers of premium chocolates in different regions worldwide. Hence, players in the market focus on expanding their presence and offerings in the travel retail sector.

Premium Chocolate Market Leaders

  1. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

  2. Ferrero Spa

  3. The Hershey Company

  4. Mondelēz International

  5. Yıldız Holding Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Premium Chocolate Market News

  • December 2023: Lindt partnered with German cocoa-free chocolate brand ChoViva to expand its popular Hello range with a limited edition vegan soft and creamy Hazelnut Bar.
  • October 2023: Lindt expanded its dairy-free range in the US market with vegan versions of the famous Lindor truffles. As per the brand’s claim, the chocolate is available in two varieties: oat milk and dark oat milk.
  • June 2023: Lindt and Sprungli launched a chocolate bar under One for One in the Canadian market. As per the brand’s claim, the One for One line is distinctly packaged with a modern look that sets the bars apart from other Lindt classics and features three flavors, including One for One Milk Chocolate Bar, One for One Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Bar, and One for One Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar.

Premium Chocolate Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Influence of Endorsements, Aggressive Marketing, and Strategic Investments

      2. 4.1.2 Demand for Sustainable Chocolates and Single Origin Certified Chocolates

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Availability of Counterfeit Products

      2. 4.2.2 Fluctuating Price of Raw Materials

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

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Dark Premium Chocolate

      2. 5.1.2 White and Milk Premium Chocolate

    2. 5.2 Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Online Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. 5.3.1.1 United States

        2. 5.3.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.3.1.3 Mexico

        4. 5.3.1.4 Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. 5.3.2.1 Spain

        2. 5.3.2.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.3.2.3 Germany

        4. 5.3.2.4 France

        5. 5.3.2.5 Italy

        6. 5.3.2.6 Poland

        7. 5.3.2.7 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.3.1 China

        2. 5.3.3.2 Japan

        3. 5.3.3.3 India

        4. 5.3.3.4 Australia

        5. 5.3.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. 5.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.3.4.3 Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. 5.3.5.1 South Africa

        2. 5.3.5.2 United Arab Emirates

        3. 5.3.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG

      2. 6.3.2 Ferrero SpA

      3. 6.3.3 The Hershey Company

      4. 6.3.4 Mondelez International Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Yildiz Holding

      6. 6.3.6 Nestle SA

      7. 6.3.7 Mars Incorporate

      8. 6.3.8 Cemoi Chocolatier SA

      9. 6.3.9 Lake Champlain Chocolates

      10. 6.3.10 Pierre Marcolini Group

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Premium Chocolate Industry Segmentation

Premium chocolates are high-end/luxury chocolates priced higher than other variants on the market due to their unique features.

The premium chocolate market is segmented based on product type, distribution channel, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into dark and white and milk premium chocolates. The market is segmented by distribution channel into hypermarkets/supermarkets, convenience stores, online retail stores, and other distribution channels. By geography, the report analyzes established and emerging economies worldwide, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa. For each segment, market size and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD).

Product Type
Dark Premium Chocolate
White and Milk Premium Chocolate
Distribution Channel
Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
Convenience Stores
Online Stores
Other Distribution Channels
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Rest of North America
Europe
Spain
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Italy
Poland
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
Japan
India
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Premium Chocolate Market Research FAQs

The Premium Chocolate Market size is expected to reach USD 35.97 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 8.83% to reach USD 54.91 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Premium Chocolate Market size is expected to reach USD 35.97 billion.

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG, Ferrero Spa, The Hershey Company, Mondelēz International and Yıldız Holding Inc. are the major companies operating in the Premium Chocolate Market.

South America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Europe accounts for the largest market share in Premium Chocolate Market.

In 2023, the Premium Chocolate Market size was estimated at USD 32.79 billion. The report covers the Premium Chocolate Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Premium Chocolate Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Premium Chocolate Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Premium Chocolate market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Premium Chocolate analysis includes a market forecast outlook for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Premium Chocolate Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)