Ireland's Top 5 Confectionery Brands Show Sweet Success

By Donna Ahern
Ireland's Top 5 Confectionery Brands Show Sweet Success

Confectionery is the biggest category in grocery in Ireland, according to the top 100 categories, in Checkout's Top 100 Brands 2022, in association with NielsenIQ.

As Valentines Day and Easter are around the corner, Confectionery will soon be in the spotlight again this year.

As it is a category that inspires impulse purchases on the run up to these celebratory occasions, this can influence the purchase decision while also creating a memorable experience which can help to engender brand loyalty.

However, it is clear that this is for a limited time only.

Despite this, Ireland's love affair with its favourite brands within this category, has shown little or no change in Checkout's top 5 brands over the years.

Cadbury Dairy Milk retained its number-one position in the top 5, once again last year.

Published every August, the Checkout Top 100 Brands is based on branded value sales across the Irish grocery sector, making it the most accurate barometer of the biggest-selling brands in the marketplace.

In compiling the report, NielsenIQ measures the sales performance of over 5,000 brands from over 200 product classes.

Ireland's Top 5 Confectionery Brands 

1 Cadbury Dairy Milk

Cadbury chocolate close up

Cadbury has been making chocolate in Ireland since 1932, when the first Cadbury factory opened in Dublin, with Cadbury Dairy Milk production starting the following year, in 1933. Cadbury Ireland factories are located in Coolock, in Dublin, and in Rathmore, in Kerry. The jewel in the crown is the shopper favourite – the Cadbury Dairy Milk plain 53g bar – which is manufactured in Ireland. It is the number-one best-selling impulse SKU on the market, and alone is worth €7.2 million – that is €3 million more than the next best-seller! The multinational confectionery company owned by Mondelēz International.

2 Lindt

Lindt Easter chocolate bunnies

Lindt & Sprüngli is a leader in the Confectionery category, offering a wide selection of premium-quality chocolate in more than 120 countries around the world. Lindt continues to grow from strength to strength in Ireland. Growth continues to be driven by Ireland’s number-one boxed chocolate, Lindor, and Ireland’s number-one dark chocolate, Lindt Excellence. Lindt continues to play a big part in seasons, being the number-three manufacturer at Easter. This strong performance is driven by the Lindt Gold Bunny, which remains the number-one novelty.

3 Kinder

Kinder Surprise products

Present in the UK since 1966, Kinder owner Ferrero is a leading family-owned global company. Ferrero is the fourth-largest player in the global confectionery market (FT, 2015) and its unique and iconic brands are well-loved throughout the world. Aside from Kinder Ferrero’s brand portfolio includes: Nutella Ferrero Rocher, classic boxed chocolate, pocket confectionery brand Tic Tac and Thorntons. In April last year, Kinder owner Ferrero announced that it had signed a ‘definitive agreement’ to acquire FULFIL Nutrition, as it moves into the ‘better for you’ snacking space. The value of the transaction was not revealed, however, media reports suggested that the business is worth around €150 million.

4 Haribo

The German confectionery brand’s Starmix, Tangfastics and Supermix products are best-sellers, and are therefore likely to be a core offering for any store looking to enhance its confectionery sales. The brand has grown consistently over the years by delivering fun into the category, driving incremental sales for retailers. HARIBO is now available in more than 120 countries around the world. Haribo produces at 16 locations in ten countries.

5 M&M’s

Colorful M&Ms

The multi-coloured button-shaped chocolates, each of which has the letter "m" printed in lower case in white on one side. The candy originated in the United States in 1941, and M&M's have been sold in over 100 countries since 2003. The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) to carry chocolate in warm climates without it melting. M&M's are the flagship product of the Mars Wrigley Confectionery division of Mars, Incorporated.

Category Share: 28.2%

© 2023 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more A-brand news, click here. Click sign up to subscribe to Checkout.


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