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Sweets, Snacks & Ready to Eat Whitepaper

Sweets, Snacks & Ready to Eat Whitepaper

One of the largest categories within Packaged Food

Confectionery, Snacks & Ready-to-eat reached global market size of US$ 548.8 billion in 2018. The fastest growing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (3.7% CAGR 2018-2023), Asia Pacific (3.5% CAGR 2018-2023) and Middle East & North Africa (3.3% CAGR 2018-2023).

In most developed countries, sales of Confectionery, Snacks & Ready-to-eat products are either stagnating or growing at a very slow rate. A strong contributor to this is the adoption of healthier lifestyles. The opportunity thus lies on product innovation that does not compromise on taste, while providing consumers with healthier ingredients.

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World Flavors in Confectionery & Snacks   Unique tastes and adventurous flavours help to create a whole eating experience; as a result, shelves are getting busy with Mexican flavours, spicy tastes and Asian influences that are expected to continue flourishing in the coming years.

Sweet Biscuits at yummex Middle East   Sales in Middle East and North Africa are led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the two largest markets for this category. Sweet Biscuits are widely consumed in Egypt, and double-digit growth over the 2013 to 2018 period is expected to continue.

Global players in Confectionery & Snacks at yummex Middle East   PepsiCo and Mondelez International Inc retained neck-to-neck positions, with both accounting for 7% of global value sales of Confectionery, Snacks and Ready-to-Eat.


The Global Sweets, Snacks & Ready to Eat Landscape Whitepaper is part of the wider Gulfood Global Industry Outlook Report 2019, a comprehensive study performed by Euromonitor International. It features the Gulfood Voice of the Industry survey findings, where over 1,600 senior industry professionals discussed the industry's confidence, challenges and drivers.

  • Market Trends & Drivers
  • Competitive Landscape
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Confidence Index

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