Chocolate, biscuits & confectionery of Europe

Facts and figures

Key data of the European sector (EU27 + Switzerland and Norway)

The figures presented below describe the European sector as a whole. They are based on the NACE classification, which is the nomenclature of economic activities in the European Union.



Being part of the economic and industrial fabric of Europe

The latest Statistical Bulletin of CAOBISCO demonstrates that the chocolate, biscuits & confectionery industry is a major contributor to the European economy.

According to the figures collected from Eurostat the production in Europe has increased by 2.3% in 2015, reaching 11,736.975 metric tonnes. This shows that the passion to create innovating treats and bring pleasure to consumers remains vivid among our sectors.

The high value added, globally acknowledged savoir-faire and creativity of European manufacturers enable them to export their products all over the world. Around 60% of the production was exported: the top three destinations outside the European continent were the USA, Russia and Australia. The success of our industries relies more and more on their exports. This is why CAOBISCO places so much energy in defending export opportunities for its members.

It is to note that the consumption per capita remained null meaning that consumers understand the place of chocolate, biscuits & confectioneries in their lives and choose to enjoy them in moderation. This also means that the efforts made by the industry to provide consumers with the information, options and support they need to make informed choices are bearing fruits. Companies innovate to offer a wide variety of product formulations and portions to allow consumers to treat themselves mindfully. In 2014 the three sectors together came in at the first place of the most innovative food sectors in Europe (8.7% of total European food innovation[1]).

In 2014 the chocolate, biscuits and confectionery sectors was composed of 12.315 companies, including thousands of small and medium-sized family-owned businesses (around 99%) and multi-national companies operating all over Europe. Together they directly employed over 326.000 people in Europe.  The three sectors also had a great impact on employment in the agriculture, retail and transportation sectors.

These figures have slightly decreased compared to 2013, respectively by 3,09% and 1,18%. It reminds us that preserving the production capacity and the competitiveness of our industries in Europe is capital and requires a real inclusive policy allowing European manufacturers to continue their operations in Europe and keep an entrepreneurial spirit.


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[1] Source: Data & Trends of the European Food and Drink Industry 2014-2015, published by FoodDrinkEurope and based on XTC World Innovation Panorama 2015, Copyright © XTC 2015,