Sweet Insights2021 State of Treating

Made possible by Blommer Chocolate Company

A tumultuous 2020 shook up the food retail space with the coronavirus in firm control of where and how people engaged with confectionery. The pandemic prompted many shopping changes, including fewer trips, larger baskets, store switching and record online shopping. Amid all the changes, confectionery remained a strong and important category, with annual sales of $36.7 billion across all channels.

The Power of SWEET

Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 54,000 people across the United States with more than 600,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more. Altogether, the confectionery industry contributes over $44 billion to the U.S. economy each year and has at least one manufacturing facility in each of the fifty U.S. states.

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Always A TREAT

America’s leading chocolate and candy companies have committed to providing consumers with information, options, and support as they enjoy their favorite treats, pledging half of their individually wrapped products will be available in sizes that contain 200 calories or less per pack and 90 percent will feature calorie information on the front of the pack by 2022.

Fun and UNIQUE

Chocolate, candy, gum and mints hold a special place in our lives. From holidays and celebrations to everyday moments of joy, confectionery can play a role in a happy, balanced lifestyle. America’s candy makers are proud to be part of those family traditions. Yes, we makes delicious treats, but we’re also helping to make memories.   

Meet our MEMBER COMPANIES

Tootsie Roll Industries

Beginning in a modest New York candy store with the Tootsie Roll’s introduction in 1896, Tootsie Roll Industries, LLC manufactures and sells some of the world’s most popular confectionery brands. In addition to the iconic Tootsie Roll, the Chicago-based company has created some of the world’s most popular candy brands, including Tootsie Pop, DOTS, Andes Mints, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Dubble Bubble and Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy. Since its founding, Tootsie Roll Industries has grown to become one of the country’s largest candy companies, with operations throughout North America and distribution channels in more than 75 countries.

Tootsie Roll Industries

Find out more about other NCA member companies in your state!

Did You Know?

93%

of people believe that candy can be part of a happy, balanced lifestyle

2-3x

Number of times per week, most people in the U.S. enjoy chocolate & candy

110

One U.S. confectionery job supports ten other American jobs

ABOUT NCA

The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that promotes the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle and the companies that make these special treats. Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps create an environment that enables candy makers to thrive. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 54,000 workers in more than 1,300 manufacturing facilities across the country.

OUR MISSION

Foster an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and promote the unique role of confections in a happy, balanced lifestyle. The National Confectioners Association advances, protects and promotes the confectionery industry.

OUR VISION

Chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to our culture, our society, our economy and our everyday moments of joy.