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Global candy consumption per capita in 2016, by country

Germany consumes the highest amount of candy per capita of any country in the world. In 2016, the average German consumer ate 28.7 pounds of candy. Ireland was the second leading candy consumer in that year, with a per capita consumption of 26.2 pounds of candy.

Global Sugar Production

As one of the main ingredients in most confections, the sugar industry has a large stake in the candy market. In 2018/2019, about 179 million metric tons of sugar were produced globally. This figure is expected to increase to 180.7 million metric tons in the next crop year. India and Brazil were the top two producers of sugar in 2018/2019, with production volumes of 33.07 and 29.5 million metric tons of sugar, respectively.

Leading Candy Brands in the U.S.

As the country with the largest confectionary market, the candy preferences of American consumers have the power to affect the global market. When it comes to chocolate candy, M&Ms were the top selling brand in the United States in 2017. That year, sales of M&Ms amounted to nearly 689 million U.S. dollars. Another popular type of candy in the United States is hard sugar candy, which is dominated by brands like Jolly Rancher and Werther’s Original.

Consumption per capita of candy worldwide in 2016, by leading country

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October 2016



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