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Global chocolate markets: Biggest sinkers and risers

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By Oliver Nieburg+

27-Nov-2012
Last updated the 30-Jul-2013 at 13:12 GMT

Global chocolate sales have grown 30.8% between 2007 and 2012
Global chocolate sales have grown 30.8% between 2007 and 2012

ConfectioneryNews.com presents an interactive map of the fastest growing and fastest falling chocolate markets in the world over the past five years complete with analysis from Euromonitor International.

The figures represent the growth rate in retail value sales from 2007-2012 and come courtesy of Euromonitor.

Which global chocolate markets have weathered the recession and which have collapsed?

Shakers: Baltic states and Eurozone

Latvia was the fastest declining market of the past five years, while other Baltic and Eurozone countries were among the 10 worst, such as Lithuania, Croatia and Portugal.

Lee Linthicum, head of food research at Euromonitor said: “A lot of the Baltic markets were not expecting a full recovery until 2013-14”

“It’s down to the economic deterioration,” he said, adding that branded goods were put under further pressure from private label discounters.

However, he said: “We see retail volume growth stabilizing and returning to pre-crisis levels.”

He added that although Romania was outside the top 10 worst affected markets it was still among the slowest markets globally and many companies had lost out, such as Ferrero and Perfetti Van Melle, while local players had been squeezed out as input costs rose due to sky-high cocoa prices.

“A lot of premium end stuff has collapsed,” he said.

Established markets such as Germany and Japan were also among the slowest growing over the past five years.

Click HERE  or on the map for full view.

Movers: Brazil and a caution

Belarus was the fastest growing chocolate market in recent years, but Linthicum said this should be treated with caution as prices are set by the government and are not a reliable indicator.

He added that inflation rates in Argentina and Venezuela overstated the chocolate sales growth in these countries.

According to Linthicum, the strongest market remains Brazil largely due to the strength economy. Compared to other developing markets not only are people eating more chocolate but they are spending more to buy it by opting for premium products, he said.

Africa developing

Some African markets have made big gains in the last five years. Linthicum said that Algeria, Nigeria and Morocco had made economic progress during the period, which had accelerated chocolate sales.

“That’s a function of increasing wealth and modern formats such as refrigeration,” he said.

However, he warned that chocolate sales were still small in comparison to the developing BRIC nations.

10 fastest growing chocolate markets 2007-2012

The global average sales growth during the period was 30.8%.

Country

2007 (Retail Value Sales) US $

2012 (Retail Value Sales) US $

Growth %

Belarus

42.4

278.4

556.6

Venezuela

89.3

372.9

317.6

Nigeria

18.1

69.9

286.2

India

340.4

1,206.7

254.5

Argentina

550.1

1,600.7

191.0

Bolivia

39.7

104.2

162.5

Iran

135.0

331.3

145.4

Brazil

2,979.1

6,620.6

122.2

Algeria

317.0

683.1

115.5

Pakistan

42.2

86.6

105.2

10 slowest growing chocolate markets 2007-2012

Country

2007 (Retail Value Sales) US $

2012 (Retail Value Sales) US $

Growth 

Peru

238.4

248.7

4.3

Ireland

712.1

728.8

2.3

Germany

7,613.5

7,604.6

-0.1

Japan

4,368.4

4,329.7

-0.9

Portugal

317.8

312.9

-1.5

Lithuania

139.1

136.7

-1.7

Greece

424.7

413.3

-2.7

Denmark

550.6

529.8

-3.8

Croatia

370.0

330.4

-10.7

Latvia

98.6

87.3

-11.5

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