The 10 Richest Candy Empires in the World

The world’s most famous and delicious candies, chocolate bars, and gummies are selling so fast that candy companies earn billions annually. Believe it or not, these manufacturers are in another dimension because who can resist the goodness of sugar?

According to Forbes, the largest private companies in the world are not only engaged in services, crude oil, or tech, because people need food. By food, we can also mean desserts in the form of chocolate bars, hard candies, gums, and other sweet treats.


If you are wondering who are the top 10 richest candy empires in the world are, read on. By their names, you probably know most of these companies as they are exporting products globally. From the most famous Ferrero Rocher to Mars and Nestle, the list goes on.

10. Perfetti Van Melle

10. Perfetti Van Melle

Annual sales: $3 billion

One of the world’s largest companies that manufacture and distributes gum products and sugar confectionery is Perfetti Van Melle. The Italian global company is the same manufacturer of products like Mentos, Chuppa Chups, and Fruit tella.

The company exports products to almost 150 countries worldwide. In 2001, the Perfetti Group merged with Van Melle of the Netherlands, hence its name today.

9. Haribo

9. Haribo,

Annual sales: $3.3 billion

This list wouldn’t be complete without the ever-famous gummy bears of Haribo. The confectionery company was founded in 1920, creating the first-ever gummy candy. The brand Haribo became huge, growing outside Germany.

For more than 100 years, the company made a lot of progress, enhancing the brand and the products. From the sugary gummy candy to now flavor-mixed sweet treats, Haribo continues to shine. Its net sales are no less than $3 billion annually.

8. Ezaki Glico Co.

8. Ezaki Glico Co.,

Annual sales: $3.327 billion

The Japanese food company famous for the chocolate sticks called Pocky, is none other than Ezaki Glico Co. Founded in 1992, the company introduces a lot of products that expanded outside Japan because of its quality and taste.

Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, Ezaki Glico Co. takes pride in delicious snacks and desserts. Aside from the popular Pocky, the company is also responsible for Pretz, Kittyland, Mikado, and more.

7. Lindt & Sprüngli

7. Lindt & Sprüngli,

Annual sales: $4.3 billion

When it comes to confectionery, Switzerland definitely is part of the list. The Lindt & Sprüngli Company is famous for its chocolate truffles and bars.

Since 1855, the company continued its legacy to create signature delicious chocolate in different flavors and varieties. The decadent chocolates helped the company expand in local brands like Ghirardelli, Pangburn’s, and Küfferle.

6. Nestle

6. Nestle,

Annual sales: $6.1 billion

Another Swiss company that dominates the confectionery industry is Nestle. Because of its success, the company now operates in more than 83 countries globally.

The famous brands under Nestle flagship include Kitkat, Milkybar, Smarties, Orion, Toll House, and L’Atelier. Yearly, the company’s net sales are around $6 billion.

5. Hershey Co.

5. Hershey Co.,

Annual sales: $7.7 billion

Hershey Co., judging by its name, it is obviously the brain behind the chocolate brand Hershey’s. The rich, creamy, and flavorful chocolate bar is not only famous in the United States but the rest of the world.

The company not only creates delicious chocolate bars but also dairy products, milkshakes, cookies, and other food products. Since 1894, the company has grown as one of the most valuable confectionery brands with more than $7 billion in net sales annually.

4. Meiji Co.

4. Meiji Co.,

Annual sales: $9.6 billion

The fourth-largest confectionery company in the world is a Japanese firm called Meiji Holdings Co. Aside from chocolates the company also manufactures goods, functional foods, pharmaceuticals, and dairy products.

Its famous products include Almond chocolate, Meiji milk chocolate bar, Hello Panda, Yan Yan, and Macadamia. These products made it to the Western market, which makes the brand pretty popular.

3. Mondelez International

3. Mondelez International,

Annual sales: $11.7 billion

The American multinational confectionery company, Mondelez International is based in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing the famous Cadbury chocolate, Chips Ahoy, Milka, Oreo, and more. The company is also popular for its motto, ‘Snacking Made Right.’

Mondelez International doesn’t stop from chocolates and gum products because it also creates popular snacks like Ritz and candies like Sour Patch Kids. The company is looking at an annual revenue of $11.7 billion for exporting in 80 countries.

2. Ferrero Group

2. Ferrero Group,

Annual sales: $12.3 billion

Who could forget the Italian hazelnut chocolate wrapped in a luxurious gold paper? The Ferrero Group, one of the world’s largest confectionery companies in the world, is sitting on billions

The famous company gave birth to several brands including Kinder, Duplo, Happy Hippo, and Kinder Maxi. With its success, the company is earning approximately $12.3 billion annually, with its signature hazelnut chocolates and Nuttela sandwich spread.

1. Mars Wrigley Confectionery

1. Mars Wrigley Confectionery,

Annual sales: $18 billion

The number one on the list is none other than Mars Wrigley Confectionery, the company famous for Mars chocolate bars. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company gave birth to brands like Snickers, M&Ms, Skittles, Twix, Extra, Maltesers, and more.

Since 1911, the company has progressed to be the largest food company in the world. Now, Mars Wrigley is not only engaged in confectionery but also pet care, nutritional products, and grains. The company’s net sales are approximately $18 billion annually.



Candies and chocolates are definitely in demand because they are considered comfort food. The rich, creamy taste and delicious ingredients make these sweets an awesome snack. Aside from the chocolatey goodness, these snacks are perfect energizing foods.

These largest candy empires listed are the successful ones that made it big outside of their countries. With a strong dedication to quality and attention to changing preferences, these companies are still thriving today.

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