Global Market Study on Dark Chocolate: Organic Variants to Witness High Adoption During 2017 - 2026

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  • Published On : Mar-2018 |
  • Pages : 170 Pages |
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The pervasive health and wellness trend continues to influence dark chocolate market, with manufacturers incorporating organic ingredients and natural sweeteners. The preference for dark chocolate over milk chocolates on accounts its health benefits continues to remain intact. However, as the global chocolate industry is going through a perception crisis, with demand for healthy products witnessing an increase, it is highly likely that the dark chocolate industry may have to cop some of the downward spiral.

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Dark Chocolate Manufacturers Go Organic and Clean Label

The organic and clean label trend has swept industries across the broader food and beverage landscape. The influence of the organic and clean label trend is palpable among dark chocolate manufacturers as well, with demand for premium and organic ingredients witnessing a spike. Manufacturers are also focusing on incorporating natural sweeteners, such as stevia and coconut sugar to position their products to a consumer base that is highly conscious about the food choices they make.

The pronounced focus on quality has meant that manufacturers are now focusing on including unique cocoa beans from Latin American countries. Although sourcing these premium ingredients from far off places increases the price of the end-product, growing demand for gourmet chocolate among consumers is paying off the dividend.

Flavors and Packaging – Two Key Focus Areas for Manufacturers

As the global demand for dark chocolate continues to evolve, manufacturers are listening to the overt and covert needs and preferences of consumers. The focus has invariably shifted to incorporation of advanced packaging that conveys the brand message. As manufacturers are focusing on inducing a sense and perception of ‘healthy’ in their offerings, the packaging designs and materials have also witnessed changes.

In addition to packaging, offering a range of flavored chocolates and ‘superfoods’ is another key prevailing trend. In the recent past, the demand for dried fruits, as well as blueberries and cranberries has witnessed steady growth in the manufacture of dark chocolate. It is likely that adoption of spices, flower petals, and acai berry in the manufacture of dark chocolate will witness steady growth in the future.

Popularity of Specialty Chocolate Fuelling Demand for Fine Flavor Cocoa

Although fine flavor cocoa accounts for a single-digit share of the overall cocoa production, its demand has witnessed a spike in the recent past. This is primarily on account of growing popularity of specialty or premium chocolate among end-users. Demand for premium chocolate is particularly higher in North America and Western Europe. Although high-prices of these chocolates have meant that only a small percentage of consumers currently buy these premium products, the penetration is growing at a steady pace. This has led leading chocolate companies, such as Ferrero and Mars to invest in broadening their range of offerings.

West African Countries Remain Leading Suppliers of Cocoa, Exports from Latin America Growing

Ivory Coast and Ghana continue to maintain their position as the leading suppliers of cocoa beans to Europe and North America. These companies usually supply the Forastero variety of beans to manufacturers. In addition to these two countries, supply is also witnessing an increase from Liberia and Guinea. In addition to West Africa, supply of cocoa beans to international manufacturers is also growing from Latin American countries. Equador and Peru are among the leading exporters of cocoa beans to Europe and North America.

The outlook on the global dark chocolate market remains positive for the assessment period 2017-2026. Catering to evolving consumer trends and complying with cocoa and chocolate certification will be key to maintaining and consolidating market position during the assessment period.

Increasing demand in developing countries for dark chocolate is due to rising income levels and changing eating habits. Innovations in the packaging of dark chocolates and its usage as a gift is also contributing towards the growth of the global market. Some of the noteworthy trends which the market is observing is inclusive of growing health benefits related to dark chocolates that are rich in cocoa, increasing demand for dark chocolates that are premium based and are produced as gifts, manufacturers presenting more controlled edition seasonal chocolates as well as flourishing marketing initiatives. The afore-mentioned factors are driving the global market for dark and is likely to reach a value of US$ 84,008.8Mn by 2026-end, exhibiting at 8.5% CAGR during the forecast period 2017-2026.

Persistence Market Research has taken up heavy-lifting work of providing an in-depth methodical report and forecast study on dark chocolate along with global outlook. The report reveals important landscapes covering the manufacturing and use of dark chocolate and examines their impact in changing the view of global dark chocolate market. Objective data by means of qualitative estimations and market size evaluations have also been delivered in this report. Holistic viewpoints regarding the expansion if the global dark chocolate market for the forecast period 2017-2026 is included in the report. Cutting-edge information on significant industry trends, prominent market players insights on the market have also being mentioned in the report with high importance. The study is complete and has been compiled by a team of subject matter experts from the food and beverage sector, trade specialists and research advisers.

Report Synopsis

The report holds many chapters that will provide a precise data on how the dark chocolate market will be developing globally in the likely future. An exclusive summary abridges the important highpoints from the complete research report and displays them thoroughly to disclose foremost segments, untapped markets and profitable growth opportunities. The report additionally reviews the varying facets of the global dark chocolate market. In this part, aspects that are likely to drive and restrain the sales of dark chocolate has also been analyzed.

Detailed market size assessments and well-studied market size analysis are the central benefits offered by this report. Revenues from chief dark chocolate manufacturers have been displayed to bring baselines for forecasting the revenue growth of global market. The report has furthermore assessed the global dark chocolate supply chain and has revealed the noteworthy raw material sourcing procedures executed by the market players. A detailed information trailing the presence of prominent market players globally are also offered in the report.

Market Taxonomy

In order to meet the objectives of the study, the global dark chocolate market report has been segmented based on the sales channel, product type, applications and region. According to taxonomy given in the report, global market for dark chocolate has been broken down in the following form:


Product Type

Sales Channels


  • North America
  • Organic Dark Chocolate
  • Modern Trade
  • Food
  • Latin America
  • Conventional Dark Chocolate
  • Specialty Stores
  • Beverages
  • Europe
  • Departmental Stores
  • Personal Care & Cosmetics
  • Japan
  • Pharmaceutical & Confectionary Stores
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • APEJ
  • Online Sales
  • Other Applications
  • MEA
  • Other Sales Channels

Detailed Competition Landscape

Special manufacturing techniques provided by the key players as well as analysts has helped in evaluating the shifting landscapes with regards to production of dark chocolate. Statistics on dynamics of the local chocolate markets along with globalization progresses have been taken into consideration for instrumenting the contribution of all market players. Initiatives of topmost brands along with new product range has also been examined. This report is beneficial for evaluating competition landscape in the global market. Implications revealed in the report helps in extending the understanding of market players with regards to assessment of future scenarios of dark chocolate.

Companies covered in Dark Chocolate Market Report

Company Profiles

  • Mars, Inc
  • Mondel?z International
  • Meiji Co Ltd
  • Nestlé SA
  • Hershey Co
  • Lindt
  • Ritter Sport
  • Amul
  • Blommer Chocolate Company
  • Brookside Foods
  • Chocolate Frey
  • Ezaki Glico (TCHO)
  • Others.
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