The Case For Seasonal Chocolate Candy

It's clear that there is thriving consumer demand for seasonal candy products. Some 39 percent of U.S. adults purchased chocolate candy from seasonal sections in stores, up from only 27 percent in 2014, according to market research firm Packaged Facts.

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It's clear that there is thriving consumer demand for seasonal candy products. Some 39 percent of U.S. adults purchased chocolate candy from seasonal sections in stores, up from only 27 percent in 2014, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the report Chocolate Candy Market in the U.S., 11th Edition.

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"It can be a challenge for candy marketers to advertise support between new product launches and existing brands, as well as addressing the seasonality in certain candy products. But successful brands understand the need to support seasonal products during key holidays and gift-giving occasions. These companies typically make seasonal offerings a mainstay of their marketing strategies," says David Sprinkle, research director, Packaged Facts. "As with fashion, confectionery cycles go through different fads and trends. After a product or flavor profile has its time in the spotlight, the consumer will move on to the next big thing. Candy marketers have to be marketing toward the trend, but also be able to get ahead of the trend. Seasonal strategies can play a role in this forward-thinking strategy."

Packaged Facts found that the trend toward targeting the seasons, as well as official holidays, continues, with new products in 2016 aimed toward developing the summer and autumn seasons. Beyond chocolate, chewy candy and gummies are increasing their presence in the seasonal space in line with growth in those segments.  

The most obvious opportunities for seasonal candy success lay with a quartet of holidays: Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Winter/Christmas. Unsurprisingly, Halloween has been on a steady growth curve. Packaged Facts estimates that seasonal Halloween chocolate dollar sales was up 61 percent last year, with growth attributed to a shift from snack size to seasonal package, in addition to an influx of unique, large-size items.

Conversely, other holiday sales β€” especially for Easter β€” have been mixed. Nevertheless, Packaged Facts sees Winter/Christmas themed candy as a seasonal segment with growth potential for candy marketers. Seasonal chocolate candy sales during Winter/Christmas were up 3% last year.

"Even with the popularity of cookies, cakes, and other sweet baked treats traditionally associated with Christmas, there are opportunities to grow Christmas candy sales and not just through the inclusion of yuletide yummies in food gifts given as presents," says Sprinkle.

The growth of premium chocolate is also playing out in the seasonal market. Some consumers are trading up to premium chocolate for certain gift-giving holidays, especially Easter and Christmas.  The premium chocolate brands have also established several iconic products, such as the Lindt Bunny, which cement their position against mass brands.

About the Report

Chocolate Candy Market in the U.S. examines the market for chocolate candy across the U.S. retail spectrum, and places the market in the larger context of the overall confectionery market, defined as the total U.S. market for chocolate/non-chocolate candy and gum. Retail channels include supermarkets and grocery stores, convenience stores, supercenters/mass merchandisers, gourmet/specialty food stores, warehouse clubs, drugstores, gourmet/specialty food stores, vending, direct-sales channels including catalogs and Internet, candy shops and specialty chocolatiers, and alternative channels such as department stores, kitchenware stores and bookstores. 

About Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer market topics, including consumer demographics and shopper insights, consumer financial products and services, consumer goods and retailing, consumer packaged goods, and pet products and services. Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services. Reports can be purchased at our company website and are also available through MarketResearch.com.

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