Top 10 Largest Chocolate Manufacturers in The World

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Largest Chocolate Manufacturers in The World 2017. The chocolate industry is big business. Each and every year billions of dollars around the world are spent on chocolate bars. Many of the famous brands around the world are actually owned by a strangely small number of companies. It is these companies that manufacture the chocolate products. This list takes a look at the ten largest chocolate manufacturers according to their net sales. You will probably have heard of most of them but their sales figures might be cause for surprise. Of course, these companies do far more than just manufacture and sell chocolate. They usually make a whole host of different products which might be suggested when going into more detail about each company. However, what we are principally interested in here is how much chocolate they make. Their other sales will influence this but if they are a chocolate manufacturer then they will be counted in the list. So, here we go, counting down from ten to one.

List of Top 10 Largest Chocolate Manufacturers in The World 2017

10. Yildiz Holding (net sales $2,144 million)

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Located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yildiz Holding is a Turkish conglomerate that mostly manufactures food products. Chocolate bars are one of these food products. The company sponsors the Turkish national football team. Its chocolate empire began in 2007 when it bought the Belgian company Godiva and started manufacturing its products. It is the leading premium chocolate producer in the world. Godiva chocolates are handmade and incredibly high quality. Whilst they make huge numbers of them, quality is not compromised.

9. Glico Company Ltd. (net sales $2,611 million)


Located in Osaka, Japan.

This Japanese company manufactures Glico, the famous caramel candy bar as well as Pocky (known as Mikado in Europe). The company also produces almond chocolate pretzel sticks. The company employs just under 5000 people and whilst its share of the market is actually reducing it is still a major global player.

8. Grupo Arcor (net sales $3,000 million)


Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Arcor is the main foodstuff company in Argentina and has been manufacturing chocolate bars since its formation in 1951. In 2012 it was the most valuable company in the entire country. It markets most of its chocolate products through different brands such as Aguila, Generator Rex and Tofi. The company employs 20,000 people.

7. Chocoladefabriken Lindt and Sprungli AG (otherwise known as Lindt) (net sales $4,171 million)


Located in Kilchberg, Switzerland.

Lindt was founded in 1845 and is famous for its chocolate balls and chocolate bars. Every Christmas and Easter people all over the world, especially in Europe, wait for the Lindt advert on television. The company had opened 8 chocolate cafes across Australia and whilst they offer breakfast and lunch they mostly focus on chocolate and desserts. They are in the early stages of planning their first for the United States. Their main chocolate products include Lindor and a range of Lindt flavored chocolate bars. This is one of the Top 10 Largest Chocolate Manufacturers in The World 2017.

6. Hershey Company (net sales $7,422 million)

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Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States.

Hershey’s is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. It was founded in 1894 and sells to 60 countries around the world. The chocolate factory in Hershey where it is based, dominates the town. Its most famous products include Hershey’s Bar, M&Ms and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It also holds the right to manufacture and distribute many Cadburys products.The company has a range of manufacturing plants across the country. It also manufactures and markets rolo and kit kat in the United States.

5. Meiji Co. Ltd (net sales $8,461 million)


Located in Tokyo, Japan.

There are now over 130 different types of branded ‘Meiji chocolate’ which is marketed mostly in Asia. Their first chocolate bars were made in 1926 and they have only grown since then. Their influence stretches across Asia and their products are also sold elsewhere around the world. Over recent years their net income seems to be slowing and in fact reducing but their overall worth is still increasing.

4. Ferrero Group (net sales $9,757 million)


Located in Luxembourg, Italy.

Founded in 1946, it is Fererro SpA that laid the ground work for Nutella and put hazelnuts with chocolate. Their most famous product is probably Ferrero Rocher but also Nutella, for which it uses 1/4 of the world’s hazelnut supply each year. It also owns the Kinder brand and so kinder surprise is a well known Ferrero product. In 2015 the company purchased the British chocolate manufacturer and brand Thorntons to add to its collection. Its biggest factory is in Germany although it has factories in other locations.

3. Nestle (net sales $11,041 million)


Located in Vevey, Switzerland.

Nestle is the largest food company in the world and the third largest chocolate manufacturer. Its well known brands include Kit-Kat and Smarties. The company operates in 194 countries and employs more than 339,000 people. This is chocolate making on a big scale (although of course not everyone is involved in the chocolate wing of the business!). The company was founded in 1905 as a Swiss and a British company merged. They grew signifcantly through the wars and were able to continue to grow through the twentieth century. They have often been named the most profitable company in the world.

2. Mondelez International (net sales $16,691 million)


Located in Deerfield, Illinois, United States.

This American multinational employs 107,000 people and it consists of the snacks and foods wings of Kraft foods. In 2011 Kraft foods took the decision to split its interests down the middle and whilst the confectionary and chocolate side went to Mondelez, the grocery part remained with Kraft which is now marketed as Kraft Foods. The brands of Mondelez include Milka, Terry’s, Toblerone, Cadbury and Fry’s. The company operates in 165 countries across the globe.

1. Mars Incorporated (net sales $18,400 million)


Located in McLean, Virginia, United States.

The largest and most significant chocolate manufacturing company is Mars, which perhaops doesn’t come as a surprise. Mars sells some of the most successful individual chocolate bars in the world, including Snickers which by itself turns over more than $2 billion every year. The company is still owned by teh Mars family and operates around the world. They have a very wide range of products and these include Bounty, Galaxy, M&Ms, Marathon, Maltesers, Milky Way, Revels, Snickers and Twix.

So, there we have it, the top 10 biggest chocolate manufacturers in the world 2017. As you can see they are not all based in one part of the world but are spread across Asia, Europe and North America, plus a company from south America. Indeed, only Africa and Oceania do not feature in the list. A huge amount of money is concentrated in these companies but as the pressure for healthy eating and for people to cut the amount for sugar that they consume increases the pressure is likely to increase on these chocolate manufacturers to do something about their products. Will it change? We are not so sure. Chocolate is seen as a treat for many people but it is also something that is addictive, at least the sugar contained within it is addictive. Chocolate is also so much part of our culture and sense of enjoyment. It surely won’t disappear any time soon.