Sugar-Free Confectionery Market Report by Product (Sweet and Candy Confectionery, Chocolate Confectionery, and Others), Distribution Channel (Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Convenience and Drug Stores, Online and D2C, and Others), Region  2023-2028

Sugar-Free Confectionery Market Report by Product (Sweet and Candy Confectionery, Chocolate Confectionery, and Others), Distribution Channel (Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Convenience and Drug Stores, Online and D2C, and Others), Region 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global sugar-free confectionery market size reached US$ 2.1 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 2.8 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% during 2023-2028. The rising health consciousness, increasing dietary restriction, imposition of government regulations, continuous advancements in technology, aggressive marketing and promotional activities, rising disposable income, and the expansion of online and offline retail channels are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
2022
Forecast Years
2023-2028
Historical Years
2017-2022
Market Size in 2022
US$ 2.1 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
US$ 2.8 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2023-2028) 4.5%


Sugar-free confectionery refers to sweets and candies that are made without the use of traditional sugars. It includes chocolates, chewing gum, hard candies, and mints. They are manufactured using cocoa, dairy, binders, flavoring agents, and various artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, or stevia. Sugar-free confectionery finds extensive applications across diabetic-friendly products, weight management snacks, dental care products, dietary supplements, fitness diets, school nutrition programs, airline snacks, and hospitality treats. They aid in reducing calorie intake, maintaining blood sugar levels, supporting weight loss goals, promoting dental health, and accommodating dietary restrictions.

Global Sugar-Free Confectionery Market

The continuous advancements in technology, which have enabled the development of sugar substitutes that closely mimic the taste and texture of traditional sugar, are propelling the market growth. Additionally, aggressive marketing and promotional activities by manufacturers through television (TV) commercials, social media campaigns, and influencer marketing to increase brand visibility and raise awareness about their product offerings are contributing to the market growth. Furthermore, the rising disposable income, which allows consumers to spend on specialty and niche products, such as sugar-free confectionery, is positively influencing the market growth. Apart from this, the expansion of online and offline retail channels, such as supermarkets, specialty stores, and online platforms, which have made sugar-free confectionery products more accessible, is strengthening the market growth. Moreover, the growing product demand owing to the heightened awareness about mindful eating is supporting the market growth.

Sugar-Free Confectionery Market Trends/Drivers:

The rising health consciousness

The heightened awareness of the connection between sugar intake and health issues is a paramount factor steering the sugar-free confectionery market. Consumers are becoming knowledgeable about the adverse effects of sugar on conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes and are actively seeking healthier alternatives. In line with this, the widespread adoption of sugar-free confectionery, which is made with substitutes that don't impact blood sugar levels or contribute to weight gain, is positively influencing the market growth. Furthermore, the ongoing dialogue and educational efforts from healthcare organizations, governments, and media to reinforce the importance of dietary choices in overall well-being are acting as another growth-inducing factor. As a result, the shift in consumer behavior towards prioritizing health makes it a relevant and potent driving force in the sugar-free confectionery market.

The increasing dietary restrictions

The growth of the sugar-free confectionery market is strongly connected to the rise in dietary restrictions, especially those necessitated by medical conditions, such as diabetes. In addition to this, the development of products that cater to specific dietary requirements has led to a more inclusive market, allowing individuals with particular health constraints to participate in consumption. Furthermore, the trend of weight management and specific diet plans, such as keto, which often requires reduced sugar intake, is positively influencing the market growth. As a result, the specialized need for sugar-free options in managing various health conditions has opened new avenues and opportunities for growth in the confectionery sector.

The imposition of government regulations

Governmental influence and regulations are shaping the sugar-free confectionery market by implementing policies that promoting healthier eating habits. In line with this, several governments are taking proactive measures to reduce sugar consumption, such as imposing taxes on sugary beverages or setting guidelines on sugar content in processed foods. These regulatory actions encourage manufacturers to develop and promote sugar-free or reduced-sugar products, thus providing a boost to the sugar-free confectionery market. Furthermore, the imposition of labeling requirements, which makes it easier for consumers to identify sugar-free options, is acting as another growth-inducing factor. Moreover, increasing collaborative efforts between governments and industry players to support innovation and steer consumers towards healthy eating habits is contributing to the market growth.

 

 
 

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Sugar-Free Confectionery Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global sugar-free confectionery market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional and country levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on product and distribution channel.

Breakup by Product:

 

 
 

 

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  • Sweet and Candy Confectionery
  • Chocolate Confectionery
  • Others
     

Chocolate confectionery dominate the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product. This includes sweet and candy confectionery, chocolate confectionery, and others. According to the report, chocolate confectionery represented the largest segment.

Chocolate confectionery is dominating the market as it enjoys a universal appeal across various age groups and demographics. Its rich taste and texture make it a preferred choice for many, whether in traditional or sugar-free form. Furthermore, the introduction of dark chocolate, which offers several health benefits, including antioxidants and potential heart health advantages, is propelling the market growth. Additionally, the significant innovation in creating sugar-free options that retain the desirable qualities of traditional chocolate is contributing to the market growth. Besides this, chocolate can be utilized in various forms, such as bars, truffles, coatings, fillings, and more. This versatility allows manufacturers to offer diverse sugar-free chocolate products catering to different preferences and occasions. Moreover, several brands have positioned their sugar-free chocolate products as premium or specialty items, thus making them highly appealing to consumers looking for unique or luxurious experiences.

Breakup by Distribution Channel:

  • Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
  • Convenience and Drug Stores
  • Online and D2C
  • Others
     

Supermarkets and hypermarkets hold the largest share in the market

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 and drug stores, online and D2C, and others. According to the report, supermarkets and hypermarkets accounted for the largest market share.

Supermarkets and hypermarkets offer a vast array of products, including diverse sugar-free confectionery options. This broad selection caters to different tastes, preferences, and dietary requirements, attracting a wide range of consumers. Furthermore, they provide a one-stop shopping experience where consumers can purchase sugar-free confectionery alongside other groceries and household items. Apart from this, supermarkets and hypermarkets can often offer competitive pricing and promotions, making sugar-free confectionery more accessible and appealing to budget-conscious shoppers. Moreover, they encourage impulse purchases and raise awareness about sugar-free products among consumers by effectively positioning them near related health products or checkout counters. In addition, supermarkets and hypermarkets offer in-store signage, product information, and knowledgeable staff, which assist consumers in making informed choices.

Breakup by Region:

 

 
 

 

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  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
     

North America exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest sugar-free confectionery market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, North America accounted for the largest market share.

The heightened awareness in North America about the adverse impact of sugar on health, such as obesity and diabetes, resulting in an increased consumer demand for sugar-free products, is propelling the market growth. Furthermore, the region has high incidences of diabetes, obesity, and heart-related diseases, thus driving the need for dietary modifications, including sugar-free alternatives. Apart from this, the imposition of supportive guidelines and regulations by regional governments promoting healthier eating and taxing sugary products is acting as another growth-inducing factor. In addition, North America boasts a well-established retail network, both online and offline, making sugar-free confectionery easily accessible to consumers. Moreover, the regional manufacturers are at the forefront of innovation in sugar-free confectionery, capitalizing on technological advancements to create products that satisfy both taste and health demands.

Competitive Landscape:

Leading sugar-free confectionery companies are developing new products with improved taste, texture, and nutritional profiles, often using cutting-edge technology and research to achieve these goals. Furthermore, they are leveraging strategic marketing and branding initiatives to position their sugar-free products as healthy, premium, and appealing to a wide range of consumers. Additionally, leading market players are expanding their retail presence by collaborating with major retailers, e-commerce platforms, and specialty stores to make their products easily accessible to consumers. Besides this, top players are ensuring that their products meet the health and safety standards in different regions. Apart from this, they are engaging with customers through social media, surveys, and interactive platforms to understand consumer preferences, trends, and feedback. Moreover, leading firms are forming alliances with other businesses, research institutions, or ingredient suppliers to enhance their product offerings and gain technological advantages.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Abdallah Candies Inc.
  • Asher’s Chocolate Co.
  • Diabetic Candy.com LLC
  • Ferrero SpA
  • Lily's Sweets LLC
  • Nestlé S.A.
  • ROY Chocolatier
  • Russell Stover Chocolates LLC (Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG)
  • See's Candy Shops Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.)
  • Sugarless Confectionery
  • The Hershey Company
  • The Kraft Heinz Company

Recent Developments:

  • In October 2022, Asher’s Chocolate Co., a leading manufacturer of sugar-free chocolates, introduced two new flavors, namely Dark Chocolate Ginger Snaps and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Grahams, to its FreshPacks lineup.
  • In March 2020, Lily’s Sweet LLC launched a new lineup of white chocolate bars that are sweetened using stevia and no added sugar.
  • In June 2021, Russell Stover Chocolates LLC (Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG) launched Joy Bites chocolates with no added sugar.

Sugar-Free Confectionery Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Product
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region
Products Covered Sweet and Candy Confectionery, Chocolate Confectionery, Others
Distribution Channels Covered Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Convenience and Drug Stores, Online and D2C, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Abdallah Candies Inc., Asher’s Chocolate Co., Diabetic Candy.com LLC, Ferrero SpA, Lily's Sweets LLC, Nestlé S.A., ROY Chocolatier, Russell Stover Chocolates LLC (Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG), See's Candy Shops Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.), Sugarless Confectionery, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, 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 sugar-free confectionery market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global sugar-free confectionery market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • 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 sugar-free confectionery 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.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global sugar-free confectionery market was valued at US$ 2.1 Billion in 2022.

We expect the global sugar-free confectionery market to exhibit a CAGR of 4.5% during 2023-2028.

The rising demand for sugar-free confectionery based sweets and candies, as they aid in reducing calorie intake, maintaining blood sugar levels, supporting weight loss goals, promoting dental health, and accommodating dietary restrictions, is primarily driving the global sugar-free confectionery market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the changing consumer inclination from conventional brick-and-mortar distribution channels towards online retail platforms for the purchase of sugar-free confectionery based sweets and candies.

Based on the product, the global sugar-free confectionery market has been divided into sweet and candy confectionery, chocolate confectionery, and others. Among these, chocolate confectionery currently accounts for the majority of the total market share.

Based on the distribution channel, the global sugar-free confectionery market can be segregated into supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience and drug stores, online and D2C, and others. Currently, supermarkets and hypermarkets exhibit a clear dominance in the market.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa, where North America currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global sugar-free confectionery market include Abdallah Candies Inc., Asher’s Chocolate Co., Diabetic Candy.com LLC, Ferrero SpA, Lily's Sweets LLC, Nestlé S.A., ROY Chocolatier, Russell Stover Chocolates LLC (Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG), See's Candy Shops Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.), Sugarless Confectionery, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, etc.

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