Candy Manufacturing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/29/2018
SIC Codes: 2064, 2066, 2067
NAICS Codes: 311340, 311351, 311352
Chapters Include:
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Business Challenges Financial Information Glossary & Acronyms
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The candy manufacturing industry includes three major segments: companies that make chocolate from beans, companies that use purchased chocolate to make candies, and companies that make nonchocolate candy. Major companies include Hershey, Mars, and Mondelez International, all based in the US; as well as Barry Callebaut and Lindt (both based in Switzerland); Ferrero (Italy); and Meiji (Japan).

Worldwide, candy manufacturing generates about $175 billion in annual sales, according to Euromonitor International. Western Europe is the largest confectionery market, with a 30% share, followed by Asia/Pacific (about 20%), North America (20%), Latin America (10%), and Eastern Europe (10%).

The US candy manufacturing industry includes about 1,800 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $26 billion.


Candy manufacturers are developing new product lines and revamping their marketing strategies to capitalize on the growing popularity of healthier snacks and gourmet confections. Small and independent candy makers that sparked the early growth of those segments are now fending off competition from major manufacturers that have been making acquisitions and reformulating recipes in an effort to gain market share.

Changes in the retail sector are also affecting the industry’s competitive balance. Center-store packaged food sales have slowed at supermarkets as online grocery shopping and curbside pickup service have put a dent in impulse purchases. Many grocers are allocating less shelf space for candy and snack foods due to weaker ...

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