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Nestlé's market share of the global chocolate market 2012-2016

Between 2012 and 2016, Nestlé’s share of the global chocolate market dropped from 12 percent to 10.2 percent.

Nestlé’s Confectionary Sector

Nestlé generated some eight billion Swiss francs in confectionary sales in 2018. The company’s confectionary sector is made up of three subcategories: chocolate, sugar confectionary, and biscuits. Nestlé’s chocolate segment is by far the largest of these three categories, with sales of just over six billion Swiss francs in 2018.

Nestlé’s Main Competitors

As of 2016, some of Nestlé’s main competitors in the chocolate industry were Mars and Mondelez International. That year, Mars and Mondelez International controlled some 14.4 percent and 13.7 percent of the global chocolate market. In the United States, Nestlé’s chocolate manufacturing segment also must compete with the Hershey Company, which generates most of the snack size chocolate candy sales in the United States.

Nestlé's market share of the global chocolate market from 2012 to 2016

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Release date

December 2016



Survey time period

2012 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.

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