Sweet stability: Demand for premium products will continue as disposable income rises

Chocolate consumption seems to be a mainstay among US consumers. Over the five years to 2017, revenue for the Chocolate Stores industry has expanded and will continue to increase over the next five years. Rising per capita disposable income is expected to drive the majority of industry growth. Many consumers consider chocolates daily luxuries, in which they will indulge regardless of economic conditions. Although the majority of chocolate will be retailed at supermarkets and other retailers outside the industry, industry operators will continue to benefit from rising disposable incomes and growing demand for premium chocolates. Limited cocoa supply will also keep chocolate selling prices high, aiding industry revenue and profit...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators will continue to benefit from growing demand for premium chocolates
  • Passing costs downstream has boosted revenue while keeping profit margins stable
  • The industry will continue to expand, benefiting from ongoing demand for chocolate
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Milk chocolateThe most popular chocolate consumed by Americans is milk chocolate. In 2017, about 45.9% of consumers prefer this type. Demand for chocolates is also highly seasonal, which this segment caters to. Many seasonal products are made using milk chocolate, for example, the Lindt bunny for Easter. Demand for seasonal chocolate products peaks between October and January due to the cluster of holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, before subsiding somewhat through the year. Seasonal products will sustain this segment as increased health-consciousness decreases demand. Milk chocolate has more sugar than its dark chocolate counterpart and thus, as consumers limit fatty foods from their diets, this segment will feel the negative effects...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Chocolate Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Chocolate Stores Industry are

  • Having a clear market position
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Per capita sugar and sweetener consumption in the Chocolate Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Chocolate Stores Industry?

    This industry includes specialty shops and boutiques that retail chocolate products to consumers. Supermarkets, department stores, drug stores, mass merchandisers and online retailers are excluded from this industry. Establishments such as coffee shops, bakeries and franchise retail establishments that sell chocolate products also are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Milk chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing premium chocolates
  • Retailing seasonal chocolates
  • Retailing nonpremium chocolates
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Per capita sugar and sweetener consumption
  • Healthy eating index
  • World price of cocoa

  • Current Performance
  • An appetite for premium chocolate
  • Seasonal influences
  • Rising profit margins
  • External competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Higher incomes support premiumization
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Chocolate Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chocolate Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chocolate Production
  • Confectionery Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Milk chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Other
  • White chocolate
  • Chart: Chocolate Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 to 64
  • Consumers aged 25 to 44
  • Consumers aged 65 and older
  • Consumers under 25
  • Businesses and other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chocolate Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chocolate Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chocolate Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    See's Candies, Godiva Chocolate, Lindt & Sprungli,
  • Table: See's Candies - financial performance
  • Table: Godiva Chocolate - financial performance
  • Table: Lindt & Sprungli - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chocolate Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Chocolate Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Boxed Chocolate
  • Chocolate packaged together for sale in a presentation box.
  • Chocolate Bark
  • A sheet of chocolate that is typically covered in nuts, fruits or additional pieces of chocolate.
  • Cocoa
  • The bean from which cocoa butter, liquor and powder are extracted, and from which chocolate products are made.
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Also known as “semisweet” or “bittersweet” chocolate. A form of chocolate produced by using mostly cocoa solids and very little added milk and sugar, or no milk and added sugar at all.
  • Nonemployer
  • A business with no paid employees. Typically, self-employed individuals with annual business revenue of at least $1,000 and subject to federal income taxes.
  • Premium
  • When producers charge consumers a price for their product that is more than its nominal value.
  • Seasonal
  • Products marketed for a specific holiday (i.e. Easter, Valentine’s Day.)
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