The North America pretzel market size reached US$ 1.7 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 2.1 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% during 2023-2028. The expansion of the retail industry, coupled with the increasing popularity of online platforms, the expansion of organized retail channels, and the proliferation of e-commerce platforms, and the development of innovative flavors and variations are among the key factors driving the market growth.
Market Size in 2022
|US$ 1.7 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
|US$ 2.1 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2023-2028
A pretzel refers to a baked bread product that is typically twisted into a knot-like shape. It is made from a simple dough consisting of flour, water, yeast, and salt. The dough is shaped into the traditional pretzel form, which consists of a distinctive looped knot with two ends. Before baking, the pretzel is often dipped in a solution of water and baking soda, which gives it a unique brown and glossy appearance. Pretzels can come in various sizes, ranging from bite-sized to larger, snack-sized versions. They can be soft or crunchy, depending on the baking process. Pretzels are a popular snack food enjoyed by people of all ages. They are often salted but can also be flavored with various seasonings or topped with ingredients such as cheese or mustard.
The expansion of the retail industry, coupled with the increasing popularity of online platforms that offer enhanced accessibility and convenience for consumers to buy pretzels, is driving the growth of the market. Moreover, key players in the market are also introducing innovative flavors and variations, including sweet, savory, and gluten-free options, in order to expand their customer base and further stimulate market growth. Additionally, the rapid growth of the food service sector, encompassing restaurants, cafes, and cinemas, along with the growing influence of Western cuisine, is creating a positive market outlook. This positive outlook is further enhanced by factors such as rising disposable incomes, evolving lifestyles, and the rising trend of snacking. Moreover, the expansion of organized retail channels, the development of modern distribution networks, the proliferation of e-commerce platforms, and the ease of online purchasing are facilitating the market across North America.
North America Pretzel Market Trends/Drivers:
The Increasing Consumer Demand for Healthier Snack Options
There has been a growing consumer awareness and emphasis on health and wellness among consumers. As a result, many individuals are actively seeking snacks that are perceived as healthier alternatives to traditional, high-calorie options. Pretzels, with their lower fat content and relatively healthier profile compared to chips or fried snacks, have gained popularity as a go-to snack for health-conscious consumers. The pretzel market has responded to this demand by offering a wide range of healthier options, such as whole-grain pretzels, gluten-free pretzels, and pretzels prepared with natural or organic ingredients. Moreover, the emphasis on health and wellness is expected to continue driving the growth of the pretzel market across North America.
Increasing Demand for Global and Ethnic Flavors
The growing demand for global and ethnic flavors is another significant market driver for the pretzel industry. Consumers today are more adventurous in their food choices and are seeking unique taste experiences. This trend has led to a growing interest in global and ethnic flavors across various food categories, including snacks. Pretzel manufacturers have responded by introducing a wide range of flavor options inspired by different cuisines and cultural influences. From spicy jalapeno and tangy barbecue to sweet cinnamon sugar and savory cheese, the availability of diverse flavor profiles has expanded the appeal of pretzels among consumers. This trend is particularly noticeable in the premium and gourmet pretzel segments, where innovative and exotic flavors are gaining popularity.
North America Pretzel Industry Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the North America pretzel market report, along with forecasts at the regional and country levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on content, type, packaging type and distribution channel.
Breakup by Content:
- Salted Pretzels
- Unsalted Pretzels
Salted pretzels represent the most widely used type
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the content. This includes salted pretzels, and unsalted pretzels. According to the report, salted pretzels represented the largest segment.
Salted pretzels are characterized by their distinctive salty taste, which is achieved by sprinkling coarse salt on the surface of the pretzel dough before baking. The salt not only enhances the flavor but also adds a pleasing texture to the pretzel. The popularity of salted pretzels can be attributed to the saltiness of these pretzels provide a satisfying and savory snacking experience that appeals to a wide range of consumers. The combination of the slightly chewy pretzel dough and the contrast of the coarse salt creates a delightful flavor profile that is both enjoyable and addictive. Moreover, salted pretzels have a versatile nature, making them suitable for various occasions and consumption preferences. They are enjoyed as a quick on-the-go snack, a satisfying treat during movie nights, a party snack, and even as a complement to beer in some cultural settings.
Breakup by Type:
Hard represents the most widely used type
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the type. This includes hard and soft. According to the report, hard represented the largest segment.
Hard pretzels are known for their crisp and crunchy texture, setting them apart from their soft counterparts. They undergo a unique baking process that results in a firm and brittle texture, making them highly enjoyable for consumers seeking a satisfying crunch. They have a lower moisture content compared to soft pretzels, allowing them to remain fresh and crispy for a longer period. This characteristic makes them suitable for bulk packaging and distribution, as well as a convenient pantry staple for households. Along with this, the firm texture of hard pretzels offers a distinct eating experience that many consumers find appealing. The crunchiness provides a satisfying sensation, and the structural integrity of hard pretzels allows consumers to easily dip or spread with various condiments or dips.
Breakup by Packaging Type:
Bags represents the most widely used packaging type
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the packaging type. This includes bags, boxes, containers, and others. According to the report, bags represented the largest segment.
Bags are a popular choice for packaging pretzels due to their convenience, portability, and ability to preserve the freshness and crunchiness of the product. Bag packaging offers various advantages that cater to the needs and preferences of both consumers and manufacturers. Pretzels packaged in bags can be easily carried in purses, backpacks, or lunchboxes, making them a popular choice for consumers seeking portable snacks. Apart from this, bags provide protection for pretzels, helping to preserve their texture and flavor. Besides this, the bags packaging type acts as a barrier against moisture and air, keeping the pretzels crispy and preventing them from becoming stale. They are widely available in various bag sizes, ranging from single-serve packs to family-sized bags. Additionally, bag packaging offers ample opportunities for customization and branding. Manufacturers can design bags with eye-catching graphics, logos, and product information to create a strong brand presence on the shelves. Customized bags help products stand out, attract consumer attention, and reinforce brand loyalty.
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
- Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
- Convenience Store
- Specialist Retailers
- Online Retailers
Supermarkets and hypermarkets hold the majority of the market share
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel has also been provided in the report. This includes supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialist retailers, online retailers and others. According to the report, supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for the largest market share.
Supermarkets and hypermarkets are well-established retail channels with extensive shelf space and a wide variety of products, making them a preferred choice for both consumers and pretzel manufacturers. Apart from this, these large retail outlets offer a diverse range of products, including snacks, making them convenient destinations for consumers to fulfill their shopping needs. The wide availability of pretzels in supermarkets and hypermarkets ensures that consumers can easily find their preferred brands, flavors, and packaging sizes in one location. Moreover, they also have the advantage of being able to stock a large inventory of pretzels due to their size and scale. This enables them to offer a wide selection of pretzel products, including different types, flavors, and brands, catering to the varied preferences of consumers.
Breakup by Country:
United States exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest North America pretzel market share
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include the United States and Canada. According to the report, the United States represented the largest market for pretzel. According to the report, United States represented the largest regional market.
The United States has a long-standing history and strong cultural association with pretzels, making it a significant market for pretzel consumption and production. Pretzels are widely popular as a snack option among Americans, enjoyed by people of all ages and demographics. The snack has become deeply ingrained in American culture, with pretzels being commonly consumed in various settings, including sports events, movie theaters, and as an everyday snack. Additionally, the United States has a robust and well-established pretzel manufacturing industry. Numerous pretzel brands and manufacturers operate within the country, producing a wide variety of pretzel types, flavors, and packaging options. This diverse range of products caters to different consumer preferences and contributes to the overall market dominance. Moreover, the United States has a well-developed distribution network, with pretzels being widely available in various retail channels.
Pretzel companies are focused on product innovation to introduce new flavors, shapes, and textures to attract consumer interest. They are developing unique and creative pretzel variations, such as flavored pretzels, filled pretzels, pretzel bites, and gluten-free or allergen-friendly options. Moreover, manufacturers are expanding their flavor offerings to cater to diverse consumer preferences. They are introducing a wide range of flavors, including traditional favorites including salted, as well as innovative options, such as honey mustard, sriracha, cinnamon sugar, or chocolate-coated pretzels. Furthermore, companies are investing in appealing and convenient packaging solutions. They offer various pack sizes, from single-serve packs to family-sized bags, providing options for individual snacking or sharing. Also, companies in the pretzel market are exploring opportunities to expand into new geographic markets, both domestically and internationally. They seek to capitalize on emerging snack markets, penetrate untapped regions, and cater to the evolving preferences of diverse consumer populations.
The competitive landscape of the market has been studied in the report with the detailed profiles of the key players operating in the market.
- Conagra Brands, Inc
- Dot’s Pretzels (The Hershey Company)
- Frito-Lay North America, Inc (Pepsi Co)
- Herr Foods Inc
- J&J Snack Foods Corporation
- Mars Incorporated
- Mr. Pretzels
- Old Dutch Foods, Inc
- Soft Pretzel Franchise Systems Inc
- Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (Campbell Soup Company)
- Unique Snacks
- Utz Brands, Inc.
North America Pretzel Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
- Packaging Type
- Distribution Channel
||Salted Pretzels, Unsalted Pretzels
|Packaging Types Covered
||Bags, Boxes, Containers, Others
|Distribution Channels Covered
||Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialist Retailers, Online Retailers, Others
||United States, Canada
||Conagra Brands, Inc, Dot’s Pretzels (The Hershey Company), Frito-Lay North America, Inc (Pepsi Co), Herr Foods Inc., J&J Snack Foods Co., Mars Incorporated, Mr. Pretzels, Old Dutch Foods, Inc., Soft Pretzel Franchise Systems Inc., Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (Campbell Soup Company), Unique Snacks, Utz Brands, Inc.etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the North America pretzel market from 2017-2028.
- The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the North America pretzel market.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the North America pretzel industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.