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Vegan Chocolate Market - By Type (Dark chocolate, Milk chocolate, White chocolate), Product (Molded bars, Chips & bites, Boxed assortments), Flavor (Flavored, Unflavored), Distribution Channel, Application, Regional Outlook & Global Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7231
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Vegan Chocolate Market Size

Vegan Chocolate Market was valued at around USD 662.54 million in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 13.6% between 2024 and 2032. Vegan chocolate, which is free from any animal-derived ingredients such as milk, has gained popularity among consumers looking for healthier and more ethical alternatives.
 

Vegan Chocolate Market

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Key factors contributing to the growth of the vegan chocolate industry include the expansion of product offerings by major confectionery manufacturers, the emergence of small-scale artisanal chocolatiers specializing in vegan products, and the growing availability of vegan chocolate in mainstream retail channels. Additionally, the development of innovative flavors and the use of high-quality plant-based ingredients have helped to improve the overall appeal of vegan chocolate. The market has also seen a surge in the demand for organic and fair-trade certified vegan chocolate, as consumers increasingly seek products that are not only plant-based but also ethically and sustainably sourced.
 

Despite the growing demand for vegan chocolate, the market faces several pitfalls and challenges. One of the major obstacles is the higher cost of production compared to conventional chocolate, primarily due to the use of premium plant-based ingredients and the complexity of maintaining ethical and sustainable sourcing practices. Limited availability of certain key ingredients, particularly high-quality cocoa substitutes, can also lead to supply chain constraints and price fluctuations. Additionally, ensuring the desired taste, texture, and mouthfeel without the use of dairy poses a significant challenge for manufacturers, often requiring extensive research and development efforts. Furthermore, the niche positioning of vegan chocolate within the broader confectionery market makes it vulnerable to fluctuations in consumer trends and preferences, necessitating continuous innovation and effective marketing strategies to maintain market relevance and competitive advantage.
 

COVID-19 Impact

Initially, during the early stages of the pandemic, the market experienced a temporary surge in demand as consumers stocked up on essential and comfort food items, including chocolates. However, as the pandemic continued, the global supply chain disruptions and logistical challenges impeded the production and distribution of vegan chocolate products, leading to delays and shortages in the market. This resulted in increased product prices and reduced availability, affecting both manufacturers and consumers.
 

Vegan Chocolate Market Trends

There is the proliferation of innovative flavors and ingredients, with manufacturers experimenting with a diverse range of plant-based alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk to replicate the creamy texture and rich taste of traditional milk chocolate. Additionally, the incorporation of superfoods like goji berries, acai, and matcha has gained traction, appealing to health-conscious consumers seeking functional benefits in their indulgent treats. Further, the market has seen a notable surge in the demand for organic and fair-trade certified vegan chocolates, reflecting the growing consumer awareness and concern for ethical and sustainable sourcing practices. Brands are increasingly emphasizing transparency in their supply chains, highlighting the traceability of ingredients and ethical treatment of farmers and workers involved in the production process.
 

Vegan Chocolate Market Analysis

Vegan Chocolate Market Size, By Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Million)

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Based on type, the market is segmented as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate & other. Dark chocolate held a majority market value of USD 300.79 million in 2022. Dark chocolate is known for its rich cocoa content and potential health benefits. Its popularity stems from its perceived antioxidant properties and its appeal to health-conscious consumers, contributing to a substantial portion of the market share. Milk chocolate, despite being a non-dairy alternative, has also secured a notable market share, catering to consumers who prefer a creamier and sweeter flavor profile.

 

Vegan Chocolate Market Revenue Share, By Product, (2023)

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Based on product, the market is segmented as molded bards, chips & bites, boxed assortments & other. Molded bars held a dominant market share of around 64.08% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace till 2032. Molded bars are known for their convenience, portability, and appeal to consumers seeking indulgent yet portion-controlled snacking options. The versatility of molded bars in accommodating various flavors and ingredients has further contributed to their prominence in the vegan confectionery landscape. Chips and bites, which include bite-sized chocolate pieces and chocolate chips commonly used in baking and snacking, constitute another significant portion of the market share. These products are popular among consumers looking for convenient and versatile chocolate options for use in both sweet and savory culinary applications.
 

Based on flavor the vegan chocolate market is segmented as flavored & unflavored. Flavored chocolate held a dominant market share in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 13.4% CAGR till 2032. Flavored products feature an assortment of natural and artificial flavors, ranging from classic options such as mint, orange, and raspberry to more exotic and adventurous combinations like chili, sea salt, and lavender. The flavored segment caters to consumers seeking diverse and indulgent chocolate experiences, appealing to varying taste preferences and culinary sensibilities.
 

Based on distribution channel, the market is segmented as Online retail, Offline retail, Foodservice/HoReCa and other. Offline retail, which includes supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty stores, and other brick-and-mortar outlets, retains a significant share of the market, appealing to consumers who prefer a hands-on shopping experience and immediate product accessibility. The convenience and widespread presence of these retail outlets make them essential distribution channels for reaching a diverse consumer base.
 

Based on application, the market is segmented as bakery & confectionery, ice cream and desserts, beverages & others. The bakery and confectionery segment holds a significant market share, driven by the incorporation of vegan chocolate into a wide array of baked goods and confectionery items such as cakes, pastries, cookies, and brownies. The versatility of vegan chocolate in various baking applications has led to its widespread use by bakeries and confectionery manufacturers, catering to the growing demand for plant-based alternatives among consumers.
 

North America Vegan Chocolate Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Million)

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North American region dominated the market with majority market share and a revenue of USD 202.69 million in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a significant pace from 2023-2032. Within North America, the United States and Canada are the key contributors to the market, characterized by a strong consumer base that is actively seeking ethical and sustainable food options. The region's well-established food and beverage industry, coupled with a robust retail infrastructure, has facilitated the widespread availability and accessibility of a diverse range of vegan chocolate products across various distribution channels.
 

Vegan Chocolate Market Share

Some of the major market players operating in the Vegan Chocolate industry are:

  • Lindt
  • Hershey
  • GODIVA Chocolates
  • Lily's Sweets
  • Unreal Snacks
  • Alter Eco
  • Barry Callebaut
  • Nestle
  • Hu Kitchen
  • Endorfin Foods
  • Plamil Foods
  • Schmilk Chocolate
  • Taza Chocolate
  • Montezuma’s
  • Pascha Chocolate Co.

These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.
 

Nestle, Hershey, and Lindt & Sprüngli are all major players in the global chocolate market. The Hershey Company is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery. It is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, and has operations in over 80 countries worldwide. The company was founded in 1894 by Milton S. Hershey and is one of the oldest and largest chocolate companies in the world. Hershey's portfolio of brands includes brands, such as Hershey's, Reese's, Kisses, Jolly Rancher, and Ice Breakers. The company also manufactures baked products, such as cookies and cakes, and sells beverages like milkshakes, as well as other products.
 

Vegan Chocolate Industry News

  • Paul and Mike's vegan masala chai chocolate. The chocolate is made with rice milk powder and real spices, including ginger, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cassia, and nutmeg. It is described as having a sweet and spicy flavor that is reminiscent of a hot cup of masala chai. The chocolate was awarded a gold medal at the APAC level of the International Chocolate Awards in 2023 and a silver medal at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in 2022. It is also the first Indian chocolate to win a silver medal at the International Chocolate Awards world final.
     
  • In October 2022, Nurture Brands acquired vegan chocolate producer Doisy & Dam.
     

Vegan Chocolate market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Units from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Other

Market, By Product

  • Molded bars
  • Chips & bites
  • Boxed assortments
  • Other

Market, By Flavor

  • Flavored
  • Unflavored

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Online Retail
  • Offline Retail
    • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Other 
  • Foodservice/HoReCa
  • Other

Market, By Application

  • Bakery & Confectionery
  • Ice Cream and Desserts
  • Beverages
  • Other

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt

 

Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Manish Mohanan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of vegan chocolate was USD 662.54 million in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 2.08 billion by 2032, due to the rising emergence of small-scale artisanal chocolatiers specializing in vegan products, and the growing availability of vegan chocolate in mainstream retail channels worldwide.
Vegan chocolate market from the dark chocolate type segment recorded USD 300.79 million in 2022 and is expected to register a significant CAGR from 2023-2032 due to its rich cocoa content and potential health benefits.
North America industry size for vegan chocolate reached USD 202.69 million in 2022 and is expected to witness a commendable CAGR from 2023-2032 owing to the presence of a strong consumer base that is actively seeking ethical and sustainable food options in the region.
Lindt, Hershey, GODIVA Chocolates, Lily's Sweets, Unreal Snacks, Alter Eco, Barry Callebaut, and Nestle, are some of the major vegan chocolate companies worldwide.

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Premium Report Details

  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 301
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 210
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