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Sugar Confectionery in Eastern Europe

November 2019

This report shows the landscape of sugar confectionery in Eastern Europe and highlights the key growth drivers in the category. Hindered by economic downturn in Russia and Ukraine alongside product innovation in competing categories, sugar confectionery saw marginal growth. Yet, the category boasts potential both for products incorporating health trends such as natural ingredients and for larger companies making use of distribution networks as modern grocery retailers claim share.

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Key findings

Stagnation of sugar confectionery sales despite economic stabilisation in the region

Following economic turbulence in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in 2014-2016, sugar confectionery sales are now stabilising but as consumers turn to more indulgent options such as chocolate confectionery stagnation of the category is expected.

Pastilles, gums, jellies and chews set to be the largest growth contributor

Pastilles, gums, jellies and chews are performing better because of product launches with natural purées and fruit juices appealing to consumers seeking healthier and more natural alternatives.

Russian confectionery companies claim market share

Russian companies United Confectioners OOO and KDV Group OOO make up two out of the three largest players because of the larger Russian market comparatively. While multinational players have a wider regional reach and a strong presence in the rest of the region, they have lost market share.

Governments are taking action against high sugar intake

Government action aimed at tackling illnesses associated with high sugar intake are amping up. Efforts include social media campaigns to raise awareness and increases on VAT for sugar and confectionery products.

Healthier alternatives capture consumer interest and boost medicated confectionery

Medicated confectionery is a small category, but has potential to grow as consumers seek products with added health benefits. Positioned as healthy and with ingredients such as menthol, honey and lemon, the category can be expected to do well throughout the forecast period.

Transition to modern grocery retailers benefits main players and private label

Traditional unpackaged products are becoming replaced by branded and packaged candy leading to further consolidation of market leaders as modern grocery retailers. With this, private label is also expected to grow due to the distribution power of regional discounters such as Lidl and Kaufland.

Introduction

Scope
Key findings

Regional Overview

Eastern European sales are comparatively low in total retail value
Sugar confectionery markets stabilise following economic turmoil
Boiled sweets maintain lead despite declining sales
Healthy alternatives contribute to growth
Romania and Serbia record highest value growth
Medicated confectionery is making strides
Pastilles, gums, jellies and chews defy the overall decline
Modern grocery retailers increasingly important for sales
Competitive pricing and growth of private label, a result of supermarkets

Leading Companies and Brands

Consolidation through strengthened market leaders and private label
Russian companies gain share as economy stabilises
Multinationals have the widest distribution across the region
Multinational brand names dominate the rankings

Forecast Projections

Ukraine and Georgia forecast to have the strongest growth
Government action tackling high sugar intake expected to stifle growth
Increasing disposable income and availability to drive volume growth
Improved living standards, a potential for premiumisation

Country Snapshots

Belarus: market context
Belarus: competitive and retail landscape
Bosnia and Herzegovina: market context
Bosnia and Herzegovina: competitive and retail landscape
Bulgaria: market context
Bulgaria: competitive and retail landscape
Czech Republic: market context
Czech Republic: competitive and retail landscape
Croatia: market context
Croatia: competitive and retail landscape
Estonia: market context
Estonia: competitive and retail landscape
Georgia: market context
Georgia: competitive and retail landscape
Hungary: market context
Hungary: competitive and retail landscape
Latvia: market context
Latvia: competitive and retail landscape
Lithuania: market context
Lithuania: competitive and retail landscape
North Macedonia: market context
North Macedonia: competitive and retail landscape
Poland: market context
Poland: competitive and retail landscape
Romania: market context
Romania: competitive and retail landscape
Russia: market context
Russia: competitive and retail landscape
Serbia: market context
Serbia: competitive and retail landscape
Slovakia: market context
Slovakia: competitive and retail landscape
Slovenia: market context
Slovenia: competitive and retail landscape
Ukraine: market context
Ukraine: competitive and retail landscape
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