Cacao Beans Market- Outlook On Emerging Application, Revolutionary Trends & Potential Growth Strategies 2029

The global cacao beans market is anticipated to be valued at ~ US$ 10 Bn in 2019. Future Market Insights, projects that the cacao beans market is expected to show a high growth rate of more than 7% in terms of value during the forecast period 2019-2029.

Cacao beans for a very long time have reached consumers in the form of chocolate blocks, and bars. Cacao beans therefore were in high demand in the industrial sector. But a recent rise in the demand for natural and organic products, with utmost transparency, has enabled cacao beans gaini popularity among household consumers and foodservice operators. Continuous innovation to incorporate chocolate in one form or other in products that they manufacture has increased the demand for cacao beans.

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Key Takeaways from the Cacao Beans Market Study

  • Forastero cacao beans are highly used as the availability of this type of cacao beans is more than any other type. But the demand for Criollo beans is the highest as they are very rare and are cultivated less in commercial plantation due to their low yield
  • Cacao beans are primarily used in the bakery and confectionery sector. The demand for cacao beans is expected to increase significantly in the foodservice industry, especially in European countries
  • Leading manufacturers in the global market for cocoa are projected to come up with innovative and healthier cocoa products using cacao beans with the motive of attracting health-conscious consumers around the world. Raw chocolate bars, quinoa vegan bars, and ‘ruby’ chocolate are just some of the products companies have brought into the market to retain their health-conscious consumers
  • With the presence of leading cocoa grinders/processors in countries like Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, UK, and others, the European Union is expected to be the most lucrative region in the global cacao beans market throughout the period 2019 to 2029

While cocoa continues to be a popular flavor and ingredient for a majority of dessert preparations, the global cocoa industry needs more investments in order to maintain sustainable growth in the future. Prices of cocoa in the international market are increasing due to additional expenses incurred by manufacturers for getting certifications to distribute cacao beans in the market. Rising prices of cocoa and economic uncertainties in the global market are creating challenges for the the global market for cacao beans. However, specific measures are being taken by regulatory bodies to curb this inconsistency.

Who is Winning?

Some of the key players operating in the cacao beans market are Cargill Inc., Theobroma B.V., Olam International Limited, Ciranda Inc., Edna Group, Barry Callebaut AG, Dutch Cocoa B.V., Kakao Berlin, Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd., PT. Danora Agro Prima, Nederland SA, Cocoa Processing Company, India Cocoa Pvt Ltd., United Cocoa Processors Inc., BT Cocoa among others.

The cocoa supply chain is concentrated both at vertical and horizontal levels as most of the cocoa and chocolate companies are strategically merging with competitors. For instance, key processors Barry Callebaut and Cargill after its merger with ADM shall produce about 70-80% of the world’s couverture.

  • In January 2020, Häagen-Dazs has introduced two new ice creams, which contain ruby cacao. The ruby cacao beans used in these products have been sourced and processed by Barry Callebaut.
  • SoChatti, an artisanal brand of Trade Secret Chocolates, launched a 72% dark chocolate, crafted with cacao beans from sites like Peru, Tanzania, and Trinidad, which is squeezable vegan chocolate.
  • Mars, Inc. has collaborated with agricultural analytics company Nature Source Improved Plants to boost cacao yields. Mars is well-known for its candy bars which use cacao beans in its production, and is thus is interested in maintaining a sustainable cacao supply.


The global cacao beans market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present complete market intelligence to readers.

Product Type

  • Forastero
  • Criollo
  • Trinitario

End Use Application

  • Food and Beverages
    • Bakery and Confectionery
    • Beverages
    • Dairy Products
    • Syrup, Toppings and  Fillings
    • Other Applications
  • Pharamaceuticals
  • Cosmetic and Personal Care
  • Pet Food
  • Household/Retail
  • HoReCa/FoodService

Distribution Channel

  • B2B
    • B2C
    • Hypermarkets/ Supermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Independent Grocery Stores
    • Speciality Stores
    • Online Retail


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East  Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA

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  • The global cacao beans market is expected to account for revenues worth US$ 21 Bn by 2029.
  • With rising demand from chocolate manufacturers, the cacao beans market is set to record a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period 2019-2029.
  • Forastero cacao beans account for 4/5th of the total market revenue.
    • Criollo variants are set to see a quantum leap in demand, despite its low availability.
  • High potential application has been identified in the food & beverage industry.
    • Manufacturers are focusing on capitalizing on foodservice/HoReCa sector.
  • Sales via B2B channels influence growth strategies.
    • High sales opportunities are expected in B2C channels.
  •  Europe promises lucrative growth prospects, owing to strong presence of leading cocoa grinders and processors.

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