Industrial chocolate is a product from cocoa liquor or paste that undergoes a process termed coaching where the cocoa is added with butter along with other ingredients like sugar and powdered milk. Different applications of industrial chocolate formulate the mixture differently. These type of chocolate are usually used in-house by vertically integrated manufacturers or supplied to the third parties in order to create finished chocolate. Industrial chocolate can be used in producing chocolate confectionery, ice cream and other types of beverages and bakery items. The main users of industrial chocolate are food service providers and bakery or confectionery manufacturers. The industrial chocolate manufacturing is done in bulk in order to meet heavy demand of chocolate related items in the market. Industrial chocolate manufacturers also use organic chocolates that offer variety of flavors and textures that are finally certified by organizations like ECOCERT and Certisys.
Industrial chocolate has been noted to receive soaring growth in the global market and has several driving factors that are increasing its acceptance in the market. Clearly, the latest demand in organic and sugar-free chocolates are aiding the growth of this market. Due to the recent change in the lifestyle and consumption pattern, vendors in the market are constantly innovating in terms of trendy chocolate manufacturing. Moreover, there has been a huge demand of snack bars in chocolate flavors that are attracting the youngsters globally. Although, it is highly in demand, individuals are looking for healthy alternatives to chocolate products in the market. Additionally, another challenge that the industrial chocolate manufacturers face is the volatility in the price of cocoa. Good quality of cocoa is a major concern for companies like Ferrero and Cadbury and they are tying up with good agricultural experts that can help in the yield of gourmet cocoa. Health awareness is a global concern for people especially who are obese and suffer from health disease like diabetes among others. Furthermore, the addition of sweetener instead of sugar is a major concern for the chocolate manufacturers as the quality of sweetener needs to be of high quality and give a taste that replaces that of sugar.
The global industrial chocolate market can be segmented on the basis of applications and distributional channel. On the basis of applications, the industrial chocolate can be further bifurcated into confectionery products, biscuits and bakery products, dairy and desserts, ice cream and frozen items and cereals. The highest use of industrial chocolate is predicted to be that of chocolate, bakery and biscuits or cookies. Companies like Cargill and Barry Callebaut are being offered a wide variety of industrial chocolate in order to prepare chocolate confectioneries. Nevertheless, these companies are also investing a lot in new factories and capacity expansion of machines to increase their market share. By distribution channel, industrial chocolate market is divided into online and offline retail. In the offline retail, industrial chocolate is being currently sold in supermarkets and hypermarkets and more retail outlet types are being added to augment the profit margins and mitigate associated risks.
Geographically, industrial chocolate expected to be a leading market across the globe. Regions like North America and Europe are the largest consumers of these type of products and the same is being propagated in to the developing regions like Asia- Pacific and Latin America. Recently the developing regions have been in great demand by the producers and the trend of such a consumption is passing on to the developing countries. Nevertheless, the size of the population and the rate of change in consumption pattern is pushing the demand for industrial chocolate consumption.
Prominent vendors in the market for fortified wines are Barry Callebaut, Cargill, CÉMOI, Clasen Quality Chocolate (CQC), FUJI OIL, Guittard Chocolate Company, Irca, Mondel?z International, Nestlé, Petra Foods, Blommer Chocolate, and PuratosGroupare among the many other suppliers that are technologically advancing to produce industrial chocolate.
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