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Dark Chocolate Market in the US 2017-2021

About Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains less milk than milk chocolate or no milk at all, and is 60%-99.9% cocoa. Based on product type, the dark chocolate market in the US has been segmented into organic dark chocolate and inorganic dark chocolate. The premiumization trend in the US is a driving factor for the growth of the country's chocolate market, which is paving the way for the emergence of craft and artisanal chocolate brands such as Mast Brothers and Rogue Chocolatier. The overall demand for premium and seasonal chocolates in the US has increased as consumers prefer these chocolates for personal consumption or for gifting, during festivals like Easter, Christmas, and Halloween.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the dark chocolate market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 8.34% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the dark chocolate market in the US for 2017-2021. The report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.Technavio's report, Dark Chocolate Market in the US 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors

  • Lindt & Sprüngli
  • Mars
  • Mondelēz International
  • THE HERSHEY COMPANY
  • Godiva
Other prominent vendors
  • ALTER ECO
  • Amano Artisan Chocolate
  • Divine Chocolate
  • Endangered Species chocolate
  • Ferrero
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Nestlé
  • Newman's Own (No Limit)
  • Nibmor
  • Praim Group
  • RITTER SPORT
  • SCHARFFEN BERGER
  • Sugarpova
  • THEO CHOCOLATE
  • Vivra Chocolate
  • Vosges
Market driver
  • Health benefits of dark chocolate
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • New varieties of milk and white chocolates being launched in the US
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Innovations in dark chocolates
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Dark Chocolate Market in the US 2017-2021

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the dark chocolate market in the US: Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Mondelēz International, THE HERSHEY COMPANY, and Godiva.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: ALTER ECO, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Divine Chocolate, Endangered Species chocolate, Ferrero, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Nestlé, Newman's Own (No Limit), Nibmor, Praim Group, RITTER SPORT, SCHARFFEN BERGER, Sugarpova, THEO CHOCOLATE, Vivra Chocolate, and Vosges.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is Innovations in dark chocolates. Vendors are coming up with innovations in terms of chocolate-manufacturing processes to open new revenue streams for themselves and to compete better with their counterparts. Innovations have been brought by dark chocolate manufacturers to retain old consumers and attract new ones toward their product offerings. For instance, in 2017, Taza Chocolate reduced the bitterness of its dark chocolate offerings through the stone grinding process (which allows the manufacturer to create dark chocolate that tastes fruity rather than bitter).”

According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Health benefits of dark chocolate. The health benefits of the consumption of dark chocolate drive the sales in the market. As per various researches, the high antioxidant content in dark chocolate helps in providing protection against disease-causing free radicals, while flavonoids present in these chocolates help in cancer prevention and improve heart health and cognitive ability. According to various studies, cocoa polyphenols in dark chocolate help in controlling cholesterol, while some studies validate that the antioxidant capacity of dark chocolate is higher than many superfoods.

Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is New varieties of milk and white chocolates being launched in the US. Although the demand for dark chocolates is high among consumers in the US, many milk and white chocolate manufacturers are launching new varieties to expand their consumer bases. For instance, in 2017, Mars announced the launch of its M&M's white chocolate as an everyday product at select food, mass, convenience, and drugstores across the US. The a2 Milk Company launched a new chocolate-flavored milk variant at the Natural Products Expo West.

Companies Mentioned

Lindt & Sprüngli, Mars, Mondelēz International, THE HERSHEY COMPANY, Godiva, ALTER ECO, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Divine Chocolate, Endangered Species chocolate, Ferrero, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Nestlé, Newman's Own (No Limit), Nibmor, Praim Group, RITTER SPORT, SCHARFFEN BERGER, Sugarpova, THEO CHOCOLATE, Vivra Chocolate, and Vosges.

  • Executive summary
  • Scope of the report
  • Research Methodology
  • Introduction
    • Global chocolate market: An overview
      • Table Global chocolate market 2016-2021 ($ billions)
  • Market landscape
    • Chocolate market in the US: An overview
    • Dark chocolate market in the US: An overview
      • Table Dark chocolate market in the US: An overview
      • Table Dark chocolate market in the US 2016-2021 ($ millions)
      • Table Popular types of dark chocolate
    • Comparison between chocolate market in the US and dark chocolate market in the US based on market lifecycle
      • Table Market life cycle: Chocolate market in the US and dark chocolate market in the US
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by product type
    • Table Dark chocolate market in the US by type 2016 and 2021 (% share of revenue)
    • Organic dark chocolate market in the US
      • Table Organic dark chocolate market in the US 2016-2021 ($ millions)
    • Inorganic dark chocolate market in the US
      • Table Inorganic dark chocolate market in the US 2016-2021 ($ millions)
  • Segmentation by distribution channel
    • Table Dark chocolate market in the US by distribution channel 2016 (% share of revenue)
    • Supermarkets and hypermarkets
    • Independent retailers
    • Convenience stores
    • Others
      • Table Analysis of different retail formats based on major parameters
  • Decision framework
  • Drivers and challenges
    • Market drivers
    • Market challenges
  • Market trends
    • Trend for gourmet, artisanal, vegan, and glutenfree dark chocolate in the US
      • Table Retail packaged gluten-free food market in the US 2010-2014 ($ billions)
    • Innovations in dark chocolates
    • Introduction of dark chocolate snacks
    • Demand for fair trade dark chocolates
      • Table Factors responsible for growing demand of Fairtrade practices in chocolate market
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Strategies adopted by vendors
      • Table Strategies adopted by vendors
  • Key vendor analysis
    • Lindt & Sprüngli
      • Table Lindt & Sprüngli: Business segmentation by geography 2016 (% share)
      • Table Lindt & Sprüngli: Dark chocolate product portfolio in the US
      • Table Lindt & Sprüngli: Recent development
    • Mars
      • Table Mars: Dark chocolate product portfolio in the US
      • Table Mars: Recent developments
    • Mondelez International
      • Table Mondelez International: Business segmentation by geography 2015 (% share)
      • Table Mondelez International: Business segmentation by revenue 2015 (% share)
      • Table Mondelez International: Dark chocolate product portfolio in the US
      • Table Mondelez International: Recent development
    • THE HERSHEY COMPANY
      • Table THE HERSHEY COMPANY: Dark chocolate product portfolio in the US
      • Table THE HERSHEY COMPANY: Recent development
    • Godiva
      • Table Godiva: Dark chocolate product offerings in the US
    • Other prominent vendors
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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