Chocolate Production in the US
Operators in the Chocolate Production industry process cacao beans, milk, sugar and other ingredients into chocolate-based confectionery, including chocolate bars and chocolate molded with nuts, fruit or granola. Industry products are then distributed to wholesalers, retailers and other intermediaries for resale to consumers. Over the past five years, the industry has benefited from trends including improving disposable incomes, greater demand for premium chocolates and vibrant export markets. Chocolate products are a popular way to satisfy one's sweet tooth. However, rising health consciousness has driven numerous consumers, especially in the younger generation, away from products laden with sugar and saturated fat and toward healthier alternatives. Chocolate producers have responded to this shift with innovation, by introducing and marketing chocolates that are reduced-fat, dark or organic.
Operators in this industry process cacao beans and other ingredients into chocolate and chocolate-based candy. Products include chocolate candy bars, boxed chocolates and chocolate-covered nuts.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.