Cocoa and Chocolate Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast (2024-2030)

  • The Cocoa and Chocolate Market size was valued at USD 49.20 Billion in 2023 and the total Global Cocoa and Chocolate revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2024 to 2030, reaching nearly USD 68.31 Billion by 2030.

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Cocoa and Chocolate Market Overview

Cocoa is a dried and fully fermented fatty seed of the fruit of the cocoa tree. Cocoa Powder is made by removing some of the cocoa butter from the liquor. Chocolate is a solid food made by combining cocoa liquor with Cocoa butter and sugar. The proportion of the cocoa liquor is utilized for how dark the chocolate is.


The report from Stellar Market Research presents a thorough analysis of the Cocoa and Chocolate market, focusing on forecasting market growth trends and offering valuable insights into the supply chain dynamics. The Cocoa & Chocolate Market report has provided an overview of the market value structure, cost factor, and various driving factors and analyzes the industry atmosphere, then studies the global outline of industry size, demand, application, revenue, product, region, and segments. The report covers details of new recent developments, trade regulations, import-export analysis, production analysis, market share, the impact of domestic and localized market players, analyses of opportunities in terms of emerging revenue and changes in market regulations, strategic market growth analysis, market size, category market growths, product approvals, product launches, geographic developments, technological innovations in the market.


The increasing global population and higher disposable incomes in emerging markets are expected to boost the demand for luxury items such as premium chocolate.


  • According to SMR, Chocolates Exporters & Suppliers manual, there are 138 active Chocolates Exporters in the United States exporting to 59 Buyers.
  • According to SMR, Cocoa and chocolate contain significant amounts of magnesium, copper, potassium, and iron (14). Magnesium, copper, and potassium have a protective effect on the heart (15–17), while iron, found mainly in dark chocolate, helps prevent anemia in middle-aged men by contributing to 25% of the U.S. recommended dietary allowance.
  • According to SMR, In January 2021, the average cocoa contract prices in New York raise to USD per Tonne, marking a 6% decline compared to the previous crop year's average of USD 2675 per tonne.


Europe has been a significant market in the Cocoa and Chocolate markets. Europe Known for its rich chocolate culture and premium brands. Countries like Switzerland and Belgium excel in quality and craftsmanship. The popularity of dark chocolate is influenced by health and wellness trends, as consumer preferences are shaped by sustainability initiatives. The European cocoa market is highly diverse, as European buyers source cocoa beans of various qualities and origins to meet the demand of the cocoa and chocolate industries.


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Cocoa and Chocolate Market Dynamics

Growing Consumer Demands for chocolate Products


Chocolate manufacturers are continuously working to fulfill the constantly changing demands of customers through the introduction of innovative and tempting products. It includes creating innovative flavors, textures, and formats, as well as incorporating efficient ingredients such as nuts, fruits, and spices. Also, there is a growing trend towards smaller portion sizes and individually wrapped chocolates, which cater to on-the-go consumption and promote portion control.


A major cause for the growing demand for chocolates is the rising disposable income of customers in Asia Pacific's developing countries. The availability of local chocolate brands has led to an increase in chocolate sales in South Korea, Japan, India, and China because people's taste preferences are changing and they are becoming more loyal to local brands. However, international brands such as Ghirardelli, Mars, Ferrero, and Hershey's have also seen growth in these countries. Chocolate is a popular gift, especially during holidays like Easter, and Christmas. Seasonal demand drives up overall consumption and is expected to drive a cocoa and chocolate market.


A growing interest in research on the various health benefits of cocoa, especially dark chocolate. It has the potential to improve heart health and include antioxidants, and mood-boosting properties, contributing to its growing popularity.  Demand for chocolates with a higher cocoa content has been driven growth of the Cocoa and chocolate Market.An increasing prevalence of lactose intolerance among the population has encouraged consumers to shift to non-animal-based food ingredients such as cocoa products.


For instance, In October 2022, Barry Callebaut announced a novel method of farming, fermentation, & cocoa bean roasting to form 2nd generation chocolate. The formulation of the Cocoa Cultivation & Craft (CCC) principle to redesign chocolate development with 60-80% higher cocoa content and 50% less sugar than a standard consumed chocolate.


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High Production Costs & Supply Chain Disruptions


The Cocoa and Chocolate Market is expected to continue growing, but some factors restrain its market growth. Cocoa production is susceptible to climate change, diseases, and pests, which can affect crop yields. Also, Companies in the supply chain face ethical challenges such as child labor and poor working conditions in cocoa-producing regions. The cost of producing chocolate is directly impacted by changes in cocoa bean prices, which is one of the key variables Businesses struggle to maintain low prices for customers. Worries about the sustainability and moral source of cocoa beans are hamper the supply of high-quality ingredients. Despite these difficulties, the cocoa and chocolate industry continues to grow and prosper, providing various delicious options to satisfy our demands for sweets. Rising costs are passed on to consumers in the form of higher chocolate prices, which lead to decreased demand.


  • According to SMR, 36% of Europeans prefer chocolates with health benefits, while 38% require chocolates with reduced sugar content.


Food and beverage manufacturers have faced difficulties in sourcing raw materials due to supply chain disruptions such as trade wars, tariffs, and evolving regulations, leading to increased production costs and affecting profitability. Adverse weather conditions and logistical disruptions have caused a shortage of cocoa beans, resulting in price increases that impact both chocolate producers and consumers. Cocoa farming has significant environmental impacts, including deforestation, soil degradation, and biodiversity loss.


Changing Consumer Preference towards Healthy Chocolates


A new trend within the Cocoa & Chocolate market is the growing preference for sustainable and eco-friendly products. Another significant trend in the Cocoa & Chocolate market is the rising incorporation of technology to enhance product quality and efficiency. There is a growing demand for healthy chocolate options, with an inclination towards dark chocolate, a rich source of polyphenols. Companies such as Hero Nutritional and Barry Callebaut are introducing chocolate products with added health benefits, driven by the changing preferences of consumers. As chocolates are perishable products, any decrease in demand for a particular product results in large inventories with limited time for disposal. Therefore, companies need to align their new product releases with the evolving tastes and preferences of consumers. Small craft chocolate makers are leveraging their tree-to-bar model to insulate themselves from global commodity price fluctuations and highlight organic farming and fair trade practices to meet evolving consumer demands.


Cocoa and Chocolate Market Segment Analysis

Based on the Type, the Cocoa Butter Type segment held the largest market share of about 49.5% in the Cocoa and Chocolate Market in 2023. According to the SMR analysis, the segment is expected to grow during the forecast period and maintain its dominance till 2030. Cocoa butter is a versatile ingredient used in various applications within the chocolate and confectionery industry. Cocoa butter is a key component in high-quality chocolate production. It contributes to the flavor profile, texture, and overall sensory experience of chocolate products. Chocolate makers often choose cocoa butter for its excellent melting properties and ability to work well with other ingredients, ensuring accurate tempering and molding for consistent quality and creating smooth appearance. Cocoa Butter Type segment has extensive application in the cosmetics industry. The all-natural trend in the skin care products market is set to boost the demand for cocoa butter. The increasing demand for chocolate among consumers triggers the demand for cocoa butter as it provides the chocolate with its melt-in-the-mouth texture.


The increasing demand for high-quality chocolate is driving up the demand for authentic cocoa butter, which is expected to continue rising in the future.


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  • According to SMR, the global largest supplier of Cocoa is Africa, which accounts for 73% of the global production of Cocoa. Ivory Coast and Ghana are the major countries producing Cocoa.


Cocoa and Chocolate Market Regional Analysis

North America has dominated the Cocoa and Chocolate Market, which held the largest market share accounting for 45.6% in 2023, the region is expected to grow during the forecast period and maintain its dominance by 2030. North America consistently ranks as one of the top-selling regions in the global cocoa and chocolate market, driven by its large and affluent consumer base, strong retail distribution networks, and a culture deeply rooted in chocolate consumption. North America has dominated because of the increasing demand for chocolate-based confectioneries and the rising adoption of chocolate ingredients to infuse food products such as indulgent snacks, chocolate-flavored ice creams, and cocoa bars, among others. Also, increasing awareness of the health benefits of cocoa and chocolate consumption is expected to drive the uptake of cocoa products and thus drive the Cocoa and chocolate market's growth.


The rising demand for chocolate in North America enhances the growth of cocoa simultaneously as it is the key raw material used in the production of chocolate. The U.S. accounted for the highest chocolate consumption and production in the North American region. In Canada, chocolate is becoming more expensive given to the rising cost of raw materials.


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Asia Pacific represents a mature market for the Cocoa and Chocolate industry, holding a market share of XX% and experiencing significant growth during its forecast period. In Asia Pacific, the rising growth of population, urbanization, and shifting demographics have the potential to impact the consumption trends of chocolate. The rise of emerging markets, particularly in countries like China and India, where the middle-class population is expanding, offers substantial prospects for market development. Investment in cocoa research and cultivation in the Asia Pacific region coupled with new product launches such as the development of organic and natural cocoa products to support the Cocoa and Chocolate market growth.


Cocoa and Chocolate Market Competitive Landscape

Prominent market players are making collaborative efforts by partnering with other companies to stay ahead of the competition. Many companies are also investing in new product launches to develop their product portfolio. Mergers and acquisitions are also among the key strategies used by players to expand their product portfolios. Some major global key players in Cocoa and Chocolate Market include Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Olam, ECOM Cocoa and Chocolate Market Agro-industrial Corporation, Cocoa Processing, Touton, Niche Cocoa, BD Associates Ghana, PLOT Enterprise Ghana, Nestlé, Mondelez International, and Meiji Holdings, etc. These companies play a crucial role in shaping the cocoa and chocolate market through innovation, global reach, and brand recognition.


  1. In March 2022 - Barry Callebaut announced the development of its factory in Campbell field, Melbourne, Australia. The new factory expands the company's geographical footprint in Asia Pacific by creating safe, high-quality products. The facility can serve the whole food sector in Australia, from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional chocolate users.
  2. Barry Callebaut promotes the sale of sustainable HORIZONTES cocoa and chocolate products, improving the incomes of cocoa producers and communities.
  3. In November 2022, As per a Business Standard article, Ghana and Ivory Coast, the top cocoa producers globally, hiked cocoa prices for chocolate makers. Smaller manufacturers may respond to this by lowering their prices, that is going to drop Ghana's and Ivory Coast's market shares.
  4. In November 2022, the Niche Cocoa Industry announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in the U.S. located in Franklin, Wisconsin. The development will also improve the company's direct presence in the U.S. by strengthening its global market presence.
  5. In May 2022, Blommer Chocolate partnered with DouxMatok (Israel/USA), a food tech company to launch chocolate and confectionery products.
  6. In March 2022, Hershey Company launched a crunch cookie chocolate spread in India for the consumer's breakfast
  7. In March 2021, Barry Callebaut opened its third factory in India. The new chocolate factory consists of an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing various needs of customers - international food manufacturers, local confectioneries, and semi-industrial bakers and patisseries.
  8. In March 2021, Cargill partnered with Nestlé to extend the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP) to benefit its network of cocoa farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Activities include three key NCP pillars: better farming, better lives, and better cocoa.


Cocoa and Chocolate Market Scope

Market Size in 2023

USD 49.20 Bn.

Market Size in 2030

USD 68.31 Bn.

CAGR (2024-2030)

4.8 %

Historic Data


Base Year


Forecast Period



By Type

Cocca Ingredients

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Cocoa Liquor
  • Cocoa Powder



  • Dark
  • Milk
  • White
  • Filled

By Application

    • Food & Beverage
    • Confectionery
    • Dairy
    • Bakery
    • Cosmetics
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Others


By Nature

  • Organic
  • Conventional

By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline

Regional Scope

North America(United States), Canada, and Mexico

Europe – UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, ASEAN, Rest of APAC

Middle East and Africa - South Africa, GCC, Egypt, Nigeria, Rest of the Middle East and Africa

South America – Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America


Key Player in the Cocoa and Chocolate Market

  1. Mars, Inc. (US)            
  2. Mondelez International (US)
  3. Nestle S.A. (Switzerland)
  4. Meiji Holding Co. Ltd. (Japan
  5. Ferrero International (Italy)
  6. Olam Group (Singapore)
  7. Barry Callebaut (Switzerland)
  8. Cargill Incorporated (US)             
  9. Cocoa Processing Company (Ghana)
  10. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company (U.S.)
  11. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (Switzerland)
  12. Pladis Global(UK).
  13. Kerry (Ireland)
  14. Foley’s Candies LP
  15. TCHO (U.S.)
  16. Ghirardelli (U.S.)
  17. Alpezzi  Chocolate (Mexico)
  18. Valrhona (France)
  19. Guittard (U.S.)
  20. Irca (Belgium)
  21. Hershey (U.S.)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Cocoa and Chocolate Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2030.

1.    Cocoa & Chocolate Market: Research Methodology 

2.    Cocoa & Chocolate Market: Executive Summary

3.    Cocoa & Chocolate Market: Competitive Landscape

4.    Potential Areas for Investment
4.1. Stellar Competition Matrix
4.2. Competitive Landscape
4.3. Key Players Benchmarking
4.4. Market Structure
4.4.1.    Market Leaders 
4.4.2.    Market Followers
4.4.3.    Emerging Players

4.5. Consolidation of the Market
4.6. Global Import-Export Analysis

5.    Cocoa & Chocolate Market: Dynamics
5.1. Market Driver 
5.1.1.    Increased Focus on Sterility 
5.1.2.    Technological Advancements in single-use filters
5.1.3.    Regulatory Requirements on Product Quality & Safety

5.2. Market Trends by Region
5.2.1.    North America
5.2.2.    Europe
5.2.3.    Asia Pacific
5.2.4.    Middle East and Africa
5.2.5.    South America

5.3. Market Drivers by Region
5.3.1.    North America
5.3.2.    Europe
5.3.3.    Asia Pacific
5.3.4.    Middle East and Africa
5.3.5.    South America

5.4. Market Restraints
5.5. Market Opportunities
5.6. Market Challenges
5.7. PORTER’s Five Forces Analysis
5.8. PESTLE Analysis
5.9. Strategies for New Entrants to Penetrate the Market
5.10. Regulatory Landscape by Region
5.10.1.    North America
5.10.2.    Europe
5.10.3.    Asia Pacific
5.10.4.    Middle East and Africa
5.10.5.    South America

6.    Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast by Segments (by Value Units)
6.1. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
6.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
6.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

6.2. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
6.2.1.    Food & Beverages
6.2.2.    Confectionery
6.2.3.    Dairy
6.2.4.    Bakery 
6.2.5.    Cosmetics
6.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
6.2.7.    Others

6.3. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
6.3.1.    Organic
6.3.2.    Conventional

6.4. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
6.4.1.    Online
6.4.2.    Offline

6.5. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Region (2023-2030)
6.5.1.    North America
6.5.2.    Europe
6.5.3.    Asia Pacific
6.5.4.    Middle East and Africa
6.5.5.    South America

7.    North America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
7.1. North America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
7.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
7.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

7.2.  North America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
7.2.1.    Food & Beverages
7.2.2.    Confectionery
7.2.3.    Dairy
7.2.4.    Bakery 
7.2.5.    Cosmetics
7.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
7.2.7.    Others

7.3. North America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
7.3.1.    Organic
7.3.2.    Conventional

7.4. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
7.4.1.    Online
7.4.2.    Offline

7.5. North America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
7.5.1.    United States
7.5.2.    Canada
7.5.3.    Mexico

8.    Europe Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
8.1. Europe Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
8.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
8.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

8.2.  Europe Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
8.2.1.    Food & Beverages
8.2.2.    Confectionery
8.2.3.    Dairy
8.2.4.    Bakery 
8.2.5.    Cosmetics
8.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
8.2.7.    Others

8.3. Europe Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
8.3.1.    Organic
8.3.2.    Conventional

8.4. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
8.4.1.    Online
8.4.2.    Offline

8.5. Europe Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
8.5.1.    UK
8.5.2.    France
8.5.3.    Germany
8.5.4.    Italy
8.5.5.    Spain
8.5.6.    Sweden
8.5.7.    Austria
8.5.8.    Rest of Europe

9.    Asia Pacific Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
9.1. Asia Pacific Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
9.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
9.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

9.2.  Asia Pacific Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
9.2.1.    Food & Beverages
9.2.2.    Confectionery
9.2.3.    Dairy
9.2.4.    Bakery 
9.2.5.    Cosmetics
9.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
9.2.7.    Others

9.3. Asia Pacific  Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
9.3.1.    Organic
9.3.2.    Conventional

9.4. Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
9.4.1.    Online
9.4.2.    Offline

9.5. Asia Pacific Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
9.5.1.    China
9.5.2.    S Korea
9.5.3.    Japan
9.5.4.    India
9.5.5.    Australia
9.5.6.    Indonesia 
9.5.7.    Malaysia
9.5.8.    Vietnam
9.5.9.    Taiwan
9.5.10.    Bangladesh 
9.5.11.    Pakistan
9.5.12.    Rest of Asia Pacific

10.    Middle East and Africa Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
10.1. Middle East and Africa Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
10.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
10.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

10.2.  Middle East and Africa Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
10.2.1.    Food & Beverages
10.2.2.    Confectionery
10.2.3.    Dairy
10.2.4.    Bakery 
10.2.5.    Cosmetics
10.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
10.2.7.    Others

10.3. Middle East and Africa Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
10.3.1.    Organic
10.3.2.    Conventional

10.4. Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
10.4.1.    Online
10.4.2.    Offline

10.5. Middle East and Africa Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
10.5.1.    South Africa
10.5.2.    GCC
10.5.3.    Egypt
10.5.4.    Nigeria
10.5.5.    Rest of ME&A

11.    South America Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast (by Value Units)
11.1. South America Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Type (2023-2030)
11.1.1.    Cocca Ingredients    Cocoa Butter    Cocoa Liquor    Cocoa Powder
11.1.2.    Chocolate    Dark    Milk    White    Filled

11.2.  South America Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Application (2023-2030)
11.2.1.    Food & Beverages
11.2.2.    Confectionery
11.2.3.    Dairy
11.2.4.    Bakery 
11.2.5.    Cosmetics
11.2.6.    Pharmaceuticals
11.2.7.    Others

11.3. South America Cocoa &  Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Nature (2023-2030)
11.3.1.    Organic
11.3.2.    Conventional

11.4. Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Distribution Channel (2023-2030)
11.4.1.    Online
11.4.2.    Offline

11.5. South America Cocoa & Chocolate Market Size and Forecast, by Country (2023-2030)
11.5.1.    Brazil
11.5.2.    Argentina
11.5.3.    Rest of South America

12.    Company Profile: Key players
12.1. Mars Inc. (U.S.)
12.1.1.    Company Overview
12.1.2.    Financial Overview
12.1.3.    Business Portfolio
12.1.4.    SWOT Analysis
12.1.5.    Business Strategy 
12.1.6.    Recent Developments

12.2. Mondelez International (US) 
12.3. Nestle S.A. (Switzerland) 
12.4. Meiji Holding Co. Ltd. (Japan)
12.5. Ferrero International (Italy) 
12.6. Olam Group (Singapore) 
12.7. Barry Callebaut (Switzerland) 
12.8. Cargill Incorporated (U.S.)     
12.9. Cocoa Processing Company (Ghana)
12.10. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company (U.S.) 
12.11. Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (Switzerland) 
12.12. Pladis Global (U.K.)
12.13. Kerry (Ireland)
12.14. Foley’s Candies LP
12.15. TCHO (U.S.)
12.16. Ghirardelli (U.S.)
12.17. Alpezzi Chocolate (Mexico)
12.18. Valrhona (France)
12.19. Guittard (U.S.)
12.20. Irca (Belgium)
12.21. Hershey (U.S.)

13.    Key Findings

14.    Industry Recommendations 

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