Global Cocoa Market Set for Growth in the Next Four Years

The global cocoa market is poised for a significant upswing in the coming years, according to a recent market report by Allied Market Research based in Portland, Oregon.

Driving Factors

Rising Chocolate Demand Worldwide


The report highlights the anticipated rise in market value, driven primarily by the increasing demand for chocolates worldwide, with a particular surge in Europe and North America.

Consumer Focus on Sustainability


One key factor identified in the report as crucial for consumers, especially in Europe, is the sustainability of cocoa production.

Embracing Storytelling as a Marketing Strategy

As consumers grow more interested in the origins of their products, the cocoa industry has embraced storytelling as a new marketing strategy to connect with buyers on a deeper level.

Market Overview

In 2019, the global cocoa market was valued at $12.8 billion, and the report predicts a steady growth trajectory, reaching an estimated $15.5 billion by 2027, showcasing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2021 to 2027.

Growth Drivers and Challenges

Demand Surge and Regional Preferences

The increased demand for chocolates worldwide and the rising preferences in Europe and North America are cited as primary drivers of this growth.

Challenges in the Market

However, the report acknowledges challenges such as the presence of substitute products and fluctuating prices, which could restrain market growth.

Opportunities in Specialized Products and Innovative Marketing

On a positive note, the surge in demand for specialty cocoa and innovative marketing strategies is expected to create new opportunities in the market.

Key Players

The key players in the global cocoa market, as outlined in the report, include industry giants such as Cargill, Inc., Olam International Ltd., Toutan S.A., Barry Callebaut AG, The Hershey Company, Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer SDN. BHD, Ciranda, Inc., United Cocoa Processor, Inc., Bloomer Chocolate Company, and VJ Jindal Cocoa Private Limited.

Product Segmentation

The report further delves into product segmentation, highlighting that the cocoa liquor segment held the largest market share in 2019, contributing nearly two-fifths of the total market share. It is expected to maintain its lead position with the fastest CAGR of 4.4% from 2021 to 2027. Additionally, the report discusses other segments, including cocoa butter and cocoa powder.

Regional Dynamics

Europe’s Dominance

Europe emerges as the leading market for cocoa, being both the highest cocoa and chocolate consuming region.

Top Importers and Consumers

In 2019, the Netherlands led in cocoa imports, while Switzerland claimed the title of the top chocolate-consuming country in Europe. Notably, Germany, France, and the UK ranked among the top chocolate and cocoa consumers.

Cocoa Production Powerhouses

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire take center stage as the world’s leading cocoa-producing countries, collectively producing over three million metric tons of cocoa between 2021 and 2023.

Industry Revenue and Future Prospects

The chocolate industry in these countries is estimated to generate revenue exceeding $120 billion annually, further emphasizing the promising future for the global cocoa market.


As the sweet momentum continues, the industry is poised for both challenges and opportunities, making it a sector to watch in the years ahead.