Kids Food And Beverages Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Product Type (Cheese, Snacks, Fortified Foods, Milk, Fruits And Vegetables, Others), By Age Group (2-3 Years, 4-8 Years, 9-13 Years, 14-18 Years), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published:  Oct 2021 Report Code: KSI061611708 Pages: 119

The kids food and beverages market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.78% to reach US$141.229 billion by 2026, from US$101.853 billion in 2019. The market is a bit complex. While the marketers target the food and beverages towards the children, they must first gain the approval of the purchaser, i.e. the parents.

The rise in child obesity worldwide and diet-related non-communicable diseases are the major drivers driving the growth of the global kid’s food and beverages market. According to a joint study conducted by UNICEF-WHO-WB, 5.7% of children under the age of 5 were overweight in 2020. This number continues to rise in both high and low-income countries. Countries around the world are searching for new methodologies to regulate food advertising. In Spain, “81% of children drink sugar-sweetened beverages and soft drinks weekly” –an advertising regulatory framework has been established to regulate junk food advertising for children below the age of 12. Law-makers in the UK, Ireland, and Sweden have taken similar steps to restrict the promotion and advertising of products high in fat, sugar, or salt (HFSS). In the UK, HFFS products cannot be promoted on media channels with an audience of more than 25% under 16, while Ireland adopted a similar provision for channels where over half the audience is under 18. Sweden banned HFFS products promotions entirely during programs targeted at children under the age of 12.

Parent approval can often be achieved through healthy brand positioning and socially responsible efforts. Companies are striving hard to formulate food and beverages which not only appeal to kids but also provide nutritional benefits to appease the changing attitude of parents regarding the suitability to feed the kids of different age groups. In December 2020, Danone North America introduced plant-based yogurt, a healthier alternative with low sugar and more protein than average flavored yogurt for children. In June 2020, the Luving Co.’s brand KidsLuv introduced a new flavor Peach Me, I'm Orange, to its line of vitamin-enhanced, zero sugar beverages with gluten-free and vegan ingredients for children.

This would help in the prevention of obesity and related disorders, in addition to providing nourishment to the growing minds and bodies. 

Growth Factors

  • Economic Conditions 

Economic conditions emerge as a factor for growth and demand for kids’ food and beverages. The core consumer of kids’ food and beverages have one of the highest median household incomes. Dual-income families may be more likely to accommodate children’s purchase requests.

  • Marketing

The most effective marketers will leverage color, shape, and size to appeal to kids. Marketing convinces the kids to ask their parents to buy their product. Nearly all parents, at some point, buy a new food or beverage because their kid asked for it. This provides incentives for advertisers to continue to target the children through promotional efforts. A study by Pediatrics found that children are “significantly more likely” to choose character-branded foods than non-character-branded foods. Mcdonald's, Kellogg's, M&M are a few of the companies that use mascots or characters to promote their products.


  • Health Concerns

The epidemic of obesity is now being considered as one of the most important public health problems faced in the world. According to WHO, it is estimated that about 39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019. Due to the overall increase in child obesity and related disorders, parents are leaning towards fresh food and beverage and products which are healthy, no or low sugar made with organic ingredients.

  • Government Legislations

Governments around the world are adopting legislation that moderate kid’s food advertising, putting food advertisers under heavy scrutiny or outright banning them.

COVID-19 Impact on the Kids Food And Beverages Market

During COVID-19, due to cutting off of food supply and increasing strain due to shortages of labor and agricultural inputs, convenience stores become major players due to low pricing and sales of single-portion meals. To help parents provide a nutritional meal to their children during work-from-home situations while attending school from their kitchen counters and stuck indoors for months while children food and beverage manufacturers have launched new foods and beverages that contain less sugar, more protein, and more fruits and vegetables. These snacks served as comfort food for adults as well. COVID-19 provided brands with an opportunity for a fresh approach and to promote nutritious, safe, and sustainable diets for children and their families.

Kids Food And Beverages Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$101.853 billion
 Market size value in 2026  US$141.229 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 4.78% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Product Type, Age Group, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  The Simply Good Foods Company, Britvic PLC., General Mills Inc., Nestlé, Kellogg   family of companies, The Kraft Heinz Company, McKee Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Vitaco,   KRISPY KERNELS Foods
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase


The kid’s food and beverages market has been analyzed through the following segments:

  • By Product Type
    • Cheese
    • Snacks
    • Fortified foods
    • Milk
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Others
  • By Age Group
    • 2-3 years
    • 4-8 years
    • 9-13 years
    • 14-18 years
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
      • Others
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the size of the global kid's food and beverages market?
A1. Kids Food And Beverages Market was valued at US$101.853 billion in 2019.

Q2. What will be the kid's food and beverages market size by 2026?
A2. The kid's food and beverages market is projected to reach a total market size of US$141.229 billion by 2026.

Q3. What are the growth prospects for the kid's food and beverages market?
A3. The global kid's food and beverages market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.78% during the forecast period.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the kid's food and beverages market growth?
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Q5. How are the global kid's food and beverages market segmented?
A5. The global kid's food and beverages market has been segmented by product type, age group, and geography.

1.1. Market Overview
1.2. Market Definition
1.3. Scope of the Study
1.4. Currency
1.5. Assumptions
1.6. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline

2.1. Research Design
2.2. Secondary Sources


4.1. Market Segmentation
4.2. Market Drivers
4.3. Market Restraints
4.4. Market Opportunities
4.5. Porter’s Five Force Analysis
4.5.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.5.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.5.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.5.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.5.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.6. Life Cycle Analysis - Regional Snapshot
4.7. Market Attractiveness

5.1. Cheese
5.2. Snacks
5.3. Fortified foods
5.4. Milk
5.5. Fruits and vegetables
5.6. Others

6.1. 2-3 years
6.2. 4-8 years
6.3. 9-13 years
6.4. 14-18 years

7.1. North America
7.1.1. USA
7.1.2. Canada
7.1.3. Mexico
7.1.4. Others
7.2. South America
7.2.1. Brazil
7.2.2. Argentina
7.2.3. Others
7.3. Europe
7.3.1. Germany
7.3.2. France
7.3.3. United Kingdom
7.3.4. Spain
7.3.5. Others
7.4. Middle East and Africa
7.4.1. Saudi Arabia
7.4.2. Israel
7.4.3. Others
7.5. Asia Pacific
7.5.1. China
7.5.2. Japan
7.5.3. South Korea
7.5.4. India
7.5.5. Others

8.1. Market Share of Key Players
8.2. Recent Investment and Deals
8.3. Strategies of Key Players

9.1. The Simply Good Foods Company
9.2. Britvic PLC.
9.3. General Mills Inc.
9.4. Nestlé
9.5. Kellogg family of companies
9.6. The Kraft Heinz Company
9.7. McKee Foods
9.8. PepsiCo Inc.
9.9. Vitaco 

The Simply Good Foods Company

Britvic PLC.

General Mills Inc.


Kellogg family of companies

The Kraft Heinz Company

McKee Foods

PepsiCo Inc.




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