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World: Western culture, retail drive demand for chocolate, finds report

The growing influence of western culture, rising middle classes with higher disposable income, and changing eating habits of consumers are some of the major driver of chocolate market in Asia Pacific, according to report from Persistence Market Research entitled Chocolate Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020.

Moreover increasing storage and retail convenience due to rising food retail industry such as super market and hyper market in growing countries of Asia Pacific is further driving the chocolate market in this region.

Innovation in the field of new products with heath claims, additive and preservative free, gelatin free, organic and vegetarian benefits is driving the demand for chocolate in maturing market of Europe and North America.

Moreover the increasing use of chocolate in functional food and beverages such as chocolate milk and chocolate cake is offering new opportunity for the global chocolate market.

The unorganized supply chain management in African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon (major producers for cocoa seeds) lead to demand and supply gap of cocoa.

Moreover the cold storage related issue in hot and humid climatic region of the world is posing a significant challenge for the overall market growth of chocolate market.

With long standing cultural of chocolate as a regular diet, Europe is the largest market for chocolate in the world.

It is followed by North America and Asia Pacific.

Chocolate market in Europe and North America is heading towards maturity and the growth is mainly expected from emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil.

While the report finds the US is the largest market for chocolate in North America,

Germany and the UK are the largest regional market of chocolate in Europe.

Meanwhile, Japan accounts for highest consumption for chocolate in Asia Pacific region.

The saturating nature of chocolate market in Europe and North America has led to many merger and acquisitions in recent past.

In September 2014 Cargill has acquired Archer Daniels Midland Company’s (ADM) chocolate business for US$440.0 million to enhance Cargill’s existing chocolate business globally and to bring together broad customer bases.