Canadian Confectioneries

Delectable Delights

Variety and quality are the hallmarks of Canada's confectionery products; from hard and soft candies, to chewing gum and chocolate, we manufacture treats to suit every taste. Our confectionery industry is so versatile because it has refined its craft in a culturally diverse country, an advantage that has allowed us to customize our products for a wide range of regional and ethnic preferences.

Deliciously tasty

When consumed as part of a balanced diet, Canadian confectioneries can be very nutritious, and can contribute a significant part of a person's daily requirements of calcium, magnesium and riboflavin, as well as vitamins A, C, and B12. Many confectioneries also contain nuts, which are a good source of protein. Milk chocolate has vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and the cocoa in chocolate is a good source of antioxidants. As for chewing gum, studies suggest that it can contribute to dental health by stimulating saliva production, which helps reduce the effects of the acids that cause tooth decay.

And when it comes to counting calories, confectioneries don't have to be on the negative side of the ledger. Products such as jelly beans and gumdrops, when eaten in reasonable amounts, contribute only modestly to calorie intake.

New directions

Because Canadian confectioners understand consumer concerns about allergies and the healthiness of processed foods, our companies are introducing a stream of new products that incorporate more nutritious ingredients. Such products give people the opportunity for guilt-free indulgence, while providing new marketing possibilities for vendors. On the production side, Canadian manufacturers are using innovative blends of ingredients and sweeteners to create new product lines that both enhance consumer appeal and are easier to manufacture.

Taste the Canadian difference

Canada's confectioneries are among the most irresistible in the world. For further information on our confectionery industry, please visit:

Government website

Industry website


Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

Canada's Exports to All Countries - ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
1806 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa 793,197,488 827,305,159 755,193,522 910,815,682 14.8%
1704 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa 453,845,008 434,494,394 435,915,109 444,380,406 -2.1%
Canada's Exports to All Countries - (Quantity, KGM)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
1806 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa 310,623,459 272,765,598 230,126,865 247,367,490 -20.4%
1704 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa 157,736,263 161,113,730 157,989,170 165,142,536 4.7%
Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 1704, 1806, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 100,214,851 89,294,184 101,442,429 96,651,669
Feb 99,430,445 93,059,155 104,948,621 107,539,947
Mar 106,365,266 96,960,392 106,366,571 116,177,249
Apr 97,688,030 96,016,244 104,615,803 99,552,601
May 106,858,849 103,073,978 101,830,668 118,005,390
Jun 104,299,827 103,205,583 94,563,726 124,061,312
Jul 101,470,854 107,949,977 93,748,513 111,679,780
Aug 105,971,795 110,428,800 94,860,264 119,504,870
Sep 113,111,065 119,363,298 106,095,964 131,552,780
Oct 118,189,846 131,214,311 97,238,789 114,702,855
Nov 108,137,525 113,163,621 99,112,190 121,172,434
Dec 85,304,143 98,070,010 86,285,093 94,595,201
TOTAL 1,247,042,496 1,261,799,553 1,191,108,631 1,355,196,088
Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 1704, 1806, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 554,853 780,897 344,773 1,349,605
British Columbia 29,383,810 34,191,171 40,821,207 53,830,260
Manitoba 1,575,521 1,901,486 2,264,040 2,271,939
New Brunswick 3,033,996 4,068,280 10,369,739 7,818,747
Newfoundland and Labrador 34,501 21,506 23,630 19,539
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 26
Nova Scotia 43,268,393 252,824 198,360 162,775
Nunavut 0 1,790 0 0
Ontario 795,567,755 757,463,766 644,454,106 677,271,959
Prince Edward Island 0 154,957 61,845 9,520
Québec 373,496,363 462,809,885 492,137,304 612,119,264
Saskatchewan 127,137 152,668 157,737 81,545
Yukon 167 323 275,890 260,909
Canada's Top 10 Confectionery Markets
(HS Codes 1704, 1806, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 1,247,042,496 1,261,799,553 1,191,108,631 1,355,196,088 8.7%
United States 1,199,037,452 1,214,321,314 1,146,849,172 1,297,840,788 8.2%
Mexico 20,339,280 18,747,191 18,685,158 24,069,778 18.3%
Japan 1,738,421 1,857,991 1,927,630 3,048,749 75.4%
Germany 2,476,191 2,098,995 2,281,271 2,937,783 18.6%
Australia 1,629,716 2,267,660 2,780,798 2,754,938 69.0%
United Kingdom 3,421,068 6,874,610 3,345,401 2,593,203 -24.2%
South Korea 1,064,308 1,079,676 1,078,380 2,194,929 106.2%
Denmark 2,044,336 2,257,446 2,023,325 1,847,979 -9.6%
China 462,752 1,240,575 751,012 1,654,888 257.6%
Costa Rica 81,872 139,021 778,868 1,388,476 1,595.9%