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Mars, Ferrero & Modelez Top Confectioners of 2018

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery, the Ferrero Group, and Mondelez Intl. are the top candy companies worldwide by retail sales, per Candy Industry Magazine.

While only a small share of those total sales are licensed, branded offerings remain a hot spot for growth. Plus, many of the companies that made it on to the list this year also license out their brands for consumer products (those sales are not included below).

According to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey, retail sales of licensed food and beverage products grew 6.0% in 2017 to reach $12.12 billion.

See below for the top 25 candy companies by estimated net sales. Other notable entries on the list that didn’t make it into the top list include the PepsiCo Americas Foods division (No. 35), 1-800-FLOWERS.COM (No. 36), Tootsie Roll Industries (No. 41), Sunrise Confections div. of Mount Franklin Foods (No. 52), and Jelly Belly Candy Co. (No. 79).

Retail Sales of Licensed Trademark/Brand Merchandise, by Distribution Channel, U.S. & Canada, 2016-2017
Data Source: Candy Industry Magazine
(Figures in Millions)
Rank Company Headquarters Net Sales
1 Mars Wrigley Confectionery Chicago, IL $18,000
2 Ferrero Group Luxembourg, Italy $12,390
3 Mondelez Intl. Deerfield, IL $11,792
4 Meiji Co. Ltd. Tokyo, Japan $9,662
5 Hershey Co. Hershey, PA $7,779
6 Nestle SA Vevey, Switzerland $6,135
7 Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG Kilchberg, Switzerland $4,374
8 Ezaki Glico Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan $3,327
9 Haribo GmbH & Co. K.G. Bonn, Germany $3,300
10 Perfetti Van Melle Spa Lainate, Italy & Breda, Netherlands $3,086
11 pladis London, U.K. $2,816
12 General Mills Minneapolis, MN $2,100
13 Kellogg Co. Battle Creek, MI $1,890
14 August Storck KG Berlin, Germany $1,859
15 Orion Corp. Seoul, Korea $1,718
16 Arcor Buenos Aires, Argentina $1,200
17 United Confectionary Manufacturers Moscow, Russia $1,169
18 Bourbon Corp. Niigata, Japan $1,060
19 Lotte Corp. Seoul, Korea $1,055
20 Valeo Foods Group Dublin, Ireland $1,026
21 Chocolat Frey AB Buchs, Switerland $1,025
22 Morinaga & Co. Ltd. Tokyo, Japan $998
23 Crown Confectionery Co. Ltd. Seoul, Korea $990
24 Cemoi Perpignan, France $968
25 Cacau Show Itapevi, SP, Brazil $909


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