Discover the latest global trends and innovations across the chocolate, sugar, and gum confectionery market. Our forward-looking report identifies areas which are evolving, consumer attitudes, and important advances expected across regions like EMEA, APAC, and the Americas over the next five years and beyond.

Global Confectionery Market Landscape

Mintel sees a range of changes in the global confectionery industry. In the EMEA region, brands are adjusting their product lines to accommodate consumers impacted by rising costs. Meanwhile in APAC, consumer interest in better-for-you chocolate is prompting brands to formulate with nourishing ingredients, and in LATAM customer engagement with brands through social media is growing.

  • Global confectionery sustainability: 50% of chocolate confectionery launches had ethical claims in 2022.
  • Global confectionery market challenges: Less than 3% of sugar and chocolate confectionery products launched in 2022 cited palm-oil-free status.

Confectionery Market Trends in the Next Two Years

Sustainability has become a key concern in confectionery, with the industry responding to meet objectives. However, consumers do not look for sustainability attributes in any of the three categories examined in this report: chocolate, sugar, and gum. This reveals that the next step is to get consumers on board.

Confectionery Market Trends in the Next Five Years

Plant-based diets are making headway globally, indicating a demand for vegan confectionery options, and launches in the vegan chocolate category have been numerous. However, many consumers aren’t looking for vegan options in confectionery, indicating the need for brands to explain the health benefits of vegan confectionery to see growth.

AI is expected to play more of a role in the future of the confectionery market. Using AI to assist with recipe development in adjacent categories is already being explored; it may not be long before confectionery follows suit.

Find a comprehensive breakdown of the future of the global confectionery industry in the full report, where confectionary innovation is also examined alongside expert analysis.

Expert Analysis From a Specialist in the Field

This report, written by Marcia Mogelonsky, a leading food and drink global analyst, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current global trends and add expert context to the numbers. 

Sustainability and wellness will play a big role in the next two years, as will even more dynamic innovation. Watch for the influence of AI and more.

Marcia Mogelonsky, Food and Drink Analyst
Marcia Mogelonsky
Director of Insight

Table of Contents

  1. Where we are now

  2. In the next two years

    • Looking ahead, confectionery must tackle a range of sustainability issues
    • A broader definition of health and wellness
    • Graph 1: “Feeling guilty about my food/drink choices reduced the pleasure I get from them,” 2022
    • Flavor, texture, aroma and experiences continue to delight
    • Graph 2: interest in chocolate flavors, 2021
  3. In five years and beyond

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This market report provides in-depth analysis and insight supported by a range of data. At the same time, introductory and top-level content is provided to give you an overview of the issues covered.

The consumer

What They Want. Why They Want It.

The Competitors

Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

The Market

Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

The Innovations

New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

The Opportunities

Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

The Trends

What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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