Global Breakfast Cereal Market by Product Types, Distribution Channel, and Regions — Global Industry Analysis, Growth, Share, Size, Trends, and Forecast 2020–2026

The global breakfast cereal market is expected to expand at a substantial CAGR during the forecast period, 2020–2026. Breakfast cereals is a type of food product usually made from the processed cereal grains. It is mixed with milk and can be eaten with yogurt or fruit as well and they are flaked, shredded or puffed. Wheat, rice, barley and corn are some commonly used grains. Breakfast cereals are marked as healthy as they usually have low-fat. The rise in popularity of on-the-go breakfasts, increase in demand for organic cereals and rise in health awareness among consumers are the key trends accelerating the global breakfast cereal market.

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Advancing food retail infrastructure along with rising awareness regarding health benefits of consuming grain-based breakfasts is further supporting the growth of the market. Breakfast cereals are available in different variety, but the essential ingredient is grains. Few hot cereals such as oatmeal does not comprise any other ingredient while other variants may include yeast, minerals, sweeteners, vitamins, food preservatives and colouring agents.

Emerging economies are witnessing a paradigm shift in the eating habits and purchasing behaviour of customers. Growth of middle-class population and rapid urbanization in these economies are resulting in changing lifestyle and growth in demand for on-the-go options of meals. As cereals are easy to prepare and are considered to offer numerous health benefits, and this, in turn is has led to rise in demand from consumers across the globe. The global breakfast cereal market is segmented into product types, distribution channel and regions.

Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities:

  • Increase in demand for organic breakfast, rise in westernization of food habits of middle-class population, and rise in awareness about the health benefits of grain-based breakfast and increase in health issues and multiple disorders are considered to drive the breakfast cereal market during the forecast period.
  • Availability of alternatives such as frozen waffles, yogurt, and smoothies, rise in production cost, availability of convenient low-cost and nutritious meal options and presence of sugar and other food preservatives are the restraints and this will hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • Increase in adoption of internet and mobile phones will give rise to the e-commerce segment and this is an opportunity to boost the global breakfast cereal market during the forecast period as the consumers can buy multiple products across the globe.
  • Rise in demand for ready-to-eat breakfast cereals across the globe is considered as a trend and this is expected to continue during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape:

The world leading players in the global breakfast cereal market include Marico Limited; B&G Foods Inc.; Bagrrys India Ltd.; Kellogg Company; General Mills, Inc.; Nestlé S.A.; and Pepsico, Inc. Product reformulation, portion sizing, and consumer messaging are among the key areas of focus of the leading players. They are engaged in introducing innovative, fruit flavoured, and fibre-rich products, which contain reduced fat and oil content. In addition, market players are narrowing down their brand positioning strategies to consolidate their presence in regional markets. They are focusing on various region-specific breakfast habits to target their consumers and promote their brand. In May 2017, Kellogg’s Company reduced to sugar content in Rice Krispies and Frosties bars by 19%, ranging from 40 grams to 32.5 grams. The company also incorporated vitamin D into its snack bars to raise the nutritional value of the product.

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The global breakfast cereal market has been segmented on the basis of

Product Types

  • Hot Cereal
  • Ready to Eat (RTE)

Distribution Channel

  • Supermarket
  • Convenience Stores
  • E-commerce
  • Others


  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Assumptions and Acronyms Used
  3. Research Methodology
  4. breakfast cereal market Overview
  5. Global breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast by Type
  6. Global breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast by Application
  7. Global breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast by Sales Channel
  8. Global breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast by Region
  9. North America breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast
  10. Latin America breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast
  11. Europe breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast
  12. Asia Pacific breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast
  13. Middle East & Africa breakfast cereal market Analysis and Forecast
  14. Competition Landscape

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