Sugar confectionery market in the UK - statistics & facts
Confectionery is generally separated into sugar confectionery and flour-based or bakers' confectionery such as pastries. The sugar confectionery industry alone covers a large variety of products, each with an enormous sales value in the United Kingdom. For example, sales of UK-produced chocolate bars reach close to 476 million British pounds, but this does not include bars with added cereal, fruits, or nuts, which generated sales of over 63 million British pounds on their own.
Manufacturing and wholesale
In the UK, 453 enterprises manufacture cocoa, sugar, and confectionery. The number of manufacturing enterprises has continuously increased for over a decade. Together these enterprises generate a revenue of 4.6 billion British pounds. Furthermore, over 730 enterprises are wholesaling sugar, chocolate, and sugar confectionery. The number of wholesaling enterprises has declined in 2020 for the first time in eight years, after steadily increasing from 2011 to 2019. Combined, manufacturing and wholesaling sectors add close to 2.4 billion British pounds of gross value to the UK economy.
UK consumers spent 12.7 billion British pounds on sugar, confectionery, and ice cream. Spending has been growing in recent years. When expenses are broken down, consumers spent the most money on filled chocolate bars, followed by solid chocolate bars, and boiled sweets. They spent smaller amounts on mints, chewing gum, fudges, toffees, and caramels. These categories accounted for a combined average weekly spending of 9 pence per person. Roughly 3,446 specialized bakery and sugar confectionery stores sold these items in retail besides other retailers. The number of stores has remained mostly the same for over a decade.
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