Chock-a-block: Industry competition is increasing as the major franchises expand

The rapid rise of premiumisation as a consumer trend has driven solid growth for the Specialty Chocolate Stores industry over the past five years. New players have entered the industry, and existing enterprises have expanded or franchised. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 2.3% over the five years through 2017-18, due to high demand for the industry's products. Industry revenue is expected to grow by a further 2.7% in 2017-18, bringing revenue to $312.4 million.Consumers purchase premium chocolates as an affordable indulgence or as a gift for special occasions. Sales of premium chocolate and seasonal or boxed chocolates have fuelled revenue more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry profitability depends on the availability and price of high-quality inputs
  • Franchised specialty chocolate stores have been more successful than coffee shop equivalents
  • The expansion and franchising of specialty chocolate stores is forecast to help reduce costs
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Specialty Chocolate Stores industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar the industry spends on capital, $7.04 is spent on wages. The industry is labour intensive, as employees are required to handle day-to-day retail operations such as providing customer service and advice, processing transactions and serving food and beverages. Furthermore, staff are required for the production of artisanal and premium chocolate sold by the industry. Labour costs are expected to be higher for stores that produce chocolate on site.Chocolate stores that use machinery to manufacture chocolate often have higher depreciation costs. Lar...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Specialty Chocolate Stores are:

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer sentiment index and Domestic price of sugar in the Specialty Chocolate Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry?

    Industry operators are primarily engaged in retailing chocolate and chocolate products. This includes specialty and boutique chocolate stores that may also retail products such as hot chocolate, cakes and pastries. Supermarkets and department stores are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Premium chocolate
  • Seasonal and boxed chocolate
  • Other products
  • Food and beverages
  • Industry Activities
  • Premium chocolate retailing
  • Specialty chocolate retailing
  • Seasonal and boxed chocolate retailing
  • Organic chocolate retailing
  • Fair trade chocolate retailing
  • Other non-chocolate product retailing
  • Chocolate-based food and beverage retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Domestic price of sugar
  • Health consciousness
  • Real household discretionary income

  • Current Performance
  • Premiumisation drives growth
  • Competition increases
  • Seasonal fluctuations
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Franchises and expansion
  • Profit margins squeezed
  • Healthy consumers
  • Table: Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cafes and Coffee Shops
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing
  • Milk and Cream Processing
  • Soft Drink and Pre-Packaged Food Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Premium chocolate
  • Food and beverages
  • Seasonal and boxed chocolate
  • Other products
  • Chart: Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • People aged 55 and over
  • People aged 15 to 34
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Specialty Chocolate Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Venga Pty Limited, A.E. Haigh Proprietary Limited, MB Australia 2000 Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Venga Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: A.E. Haigh Proprietary Limited - financial performance
  • Table: MB Australia 2000 Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Specialty Chocolate Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Artisan Chocolates
  • Artisan chocolates refer to chocolates that have been handmade by a specialist in chocolate making. Chocolate batches are generally of a small quantity.
  • Chocolatier
  • A chocolatier is someone who specialises in the making or selling of chocolates.
  • Point Of Sale
  • Point of sale equipment refers to equipment used in processing transactions, such as a cash register.
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