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Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate

Sweet Success For Seasonal Chocolate
April 13
10:17 2017

New research from Mintel reveals that seasonal launches accounted for one quarter (25%) of global chocolate new product launches in 2016. According to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2016, some 28% of seasonal launches globally were positioned for Easter, highlighting the ongoing popularity of eggs, bunnies and other chocolate treats. Those countries accounting for the most Easter chocolate innovation include Brazil, which accounted for 14% of global Easter chocolate product launches, France with an 11% share and South Africa with a 10% share.

At home, last year Brits spent a £374 million on Easter confectionery. Mintel research reveals that confectionery continues to drive Easter purchases in the UK with 49% of Easter shoppers buying chocolate gifts in 2016. What is more, expenditure on confectionery accounted for approximately 68% of all Easter product spending.

Overall, launch activity in the confectionery category was somewhat restrained in 2016. The number of chocolate confectionery launches globally grew by just 3% between 2015 and 2016.

Marcia Mogelonsky, Director of Insight, Mintel Food and Drink, comments: “Our research shows that seasonal chocolate tops all chocolate new product development, a testament to the popularity of seasonal treats among consumers across the globe. This reflects the fact that these products are typically bought to help celebrate holidays or special occasions. With this in mind, seasonal chocolate is somewhat immune to recessionary pressures as these products are bought on an occasional basis.”

Marcia Mogelonsky continues: “In countries where Easter is celebrated, there has been a broad range of new chocolate products coming to market. Easter egg innovation is especially interesting as manufacturers experiment with a range of products, from sweet to savoury. In 2016, the UK market saw growth in Easter treats in terms of both volume and value; however, value growth was highest, suggesting consumers may be investing in slightly more premium chocolate products as brands increasingly expand their offer.”

Chocolate Spending

When it comes to chocolate spend per head, the UK is top of the leader-board. In 2016*, the average Brit indulged in 8.61 kg of chocolate (per capita). This was followed by Switzerland with 8.59 kg (per capita), Germany with 8.32 kg (per capita), Russia with 6.57 kg (per capita) and Austria at 5.37 kg (per capita). The UK and Switzerland have been vying for the top chocolate spot for some years now. For example, in 2013, Switzerland reigned supreme with per capita consumption at 9.3kg. While the international appeal of chocolate is unquestionable, Mintel research indicates a change in consumers’ eating habits among the top five chocolate markets as per capita consumption in the UK remained flat between 2015 and 2016; in Germany and Austria it fell 1% (respectively); and in Switzerland, per capita consumption of chocolate confectionery was down 3%.

While the UK is number one in terms of per capita consumption, when it comes to volume sales the US leads the way. In 2016*, the US consumed a spectacular 1.3 million tonnes worth of chocolate, followed by Russia in second place at 979 thousand tonnes and Germany at 680 thousand tonnes. The UK comes in fourth place at 555 thousand tonnes and France in fifth place with 251 thousand tonnes.

Market Growth

In recent years, the chocolate confectionery market has continued to see growth, though at a very slow rate, and in some established markets volume sales declined between 2015 and 2016. In the US, UK, Germany and France, sales were flat over the two-year period, while sales fell in Russia (-2%), Brazil (-6%) and China (-6%). The only markets among the top ten globally to see any growth were Poland (+2%) and India, which saw an impressive 13% growth increase between 2015 and 2016.

“Chocolate confectionery had an uneven year in 2016. Volume sales in developed markets remained flat, while the picture was a bit brighter in emerging markets where sales generally fared better. Our research reveals that changes in per capita consumption points to an important shift in consumers’ eating habits, as consumption of chocolate confectionery is flat or declining in the top five markets. The big issues revolve around permissibility and the blurring of lines between snacks and confectionery. Even though boundaries are fading, there is still something about chocolate confectionery that has remained constant. Chocolate is still a treat and, as something special, it typically gets a pass. While consumers may be looking for more healthy foods, they will trade health for indulgence when it comes to chocolate,” Marcia Mogelonsky continues.

Proving chocolate lovers have a heart, interest in ethical products remains relatively strong, with 17% of new products claiming some sort of “ethical-human” positioning, which could include fair trade, Rainforest Alliance or some other independent “bean-to-bar” certification. Although still a small part of the category, accounting for less than 6% of global new product introductions in 2016, launches of chocolate confectionery with an organic claim increased 6% between 2014 and 2016.

Organic Chocolate

Consumer demand is likely to be the major impetus for more conversion to organic offerings. In the US, 15% of chocolate buyers purchase organic products. In Europe, interest is uneven with 14% of Italian chocolate eaters considering organic to be an important factor when buying chocolate, compared with just 4% of Polish chocolate eaters.

Despite this, Europe represents the region with the majority of organic chocolate product launches over the past three years, according to Mintel GNPD. Germany leads, accounting for nearly one quarter (23%) of global organic chocolate product launches, followed by France at 11%. It appears that Germany is also a major market for all natural (7%) and no additives/preservatives (7%) chocolate product launches. Elsewhere in Europe, demand for healthier sweets is strong. In Spain, six in 10 (60%) sweet eaters say there aren’t enough healthy sweets available. This view is shared among sweet eaters in Poland and France (58% respectively), markets that are not as well served by better-for-you (BFY) confectionery.

“Providing organic cocoa is proving to be a challenge for the industry. In order to satisfy the growing demand, it will become necessary for more cocoa growers to switch to organic farming methods. As interest in healthy sweets continues to rise, the availability of chocolate that offers organic or all natural positioning will be desirable as consumers look for better-for-you options,” Marcia Mogelonsky concludes.

*Mintel estimates

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