As it is an easier option for the giver and a lovable one for the receiver, chocolates are now entered the gift markets of the Asia Pacific region. Apart from its new form, chocolates have always been necessary in carts for the customers. According to the report "Asia-Pacific Chocolate Market By Value, By Segment (Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate), By Application (Everyday, Premium, Gourmet, Seasonal/Gift), By Country (China, Japan, India, Etc), By Sales Channel (Supermarket/ Hypermarket, Convenient Stores, Online), (Trends & Forecast), Outlook, 2025" published by Actual Market Research the Asia Pacific chocolate market has been growing exponentially at a CAGR of above 8% till the year 2019, backed by the factors such as altering taste preferences, increased knowledge about health benefits, adulteration issues in traditional sweets and availability of chocolate in various forms. The manufacturers are attempting to build their creative abilities by utilizing the technological advancements. Barry Callebaut Group has reported opening its first 3D printing studio in February 2020, which will make chocolates with different and perplexing structure._x000D_
In the region, the shift in consumer preference has given birth to independent outlets and small scale online stores with an array of economical to premium chocolates. Such outlets have made it possible for the customers to treat themselves with chocolates made of their own chosen ingredients in the form or shape they want. Growing demand for customized chocolates has been a strong driving factor in the market. With the increase in the influence of westernization, the demand for dark chocolate has also increased in this region. Chocolates are now consumed in fluid form, with more richness and upgraded taste. Distinct nourishing drinks with chocolate flavor are more popular among the Gen-Z customers. _x000D_
China & Japan have created a large part of income in the Asia Pacific market while India and Australia are the expected blooming markets. With numerous small-scale marketers tapping the local markets, big global names are now entering into the potential markets of Asia Pacific. Key players are Mars Inc., Hershey's Co, Nestle SA, Ferrero Group, Parle items Pvt. Ltd, Mondelez International, Meiji co Ltd., Ezaki Glico Co Ltd., Cargill Inc., Pladis Foods Limited.