Uncovering the Confectionery Category’sNew Retail Landscape

NCA is excited to announce a three-part insights-driven series that explores the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior and seasonal and everyday confectionery sales. In addition to the full report, each installment features an executive summary with key highlights and infographics that can be shared broadly. Dive into these exclusive reports today to deepen your understanding of what has happened to the category over the past eight months and find out what might be ahead.

Chocolate & Candy Play Key Role in Safe & Creative Winter Holiday Celebrations

In this unusual year, people are seeking consistency and normalcy while celebrating the winter holidays even as they adopt COVID-19 safety precautions. 85% of Americans tell the National Confectioners Association that they are confident they will find creative and safe ways to celebrate the 2020 winter holidays and that they expect chocolate and candy to add some enjoyment to the holiday.

NCA Releases Third COVID-19 Report Examining Seasonal Confectionery Trends

The National Confectioners Association announced today that the third report in its three-part series on COVID-19 confectionery shopping trends is now available. The report, titled Seasonal Confectionery Purchase Decisions: 2020, explores seasonal confectionery trends during the COVID-19 pandemic and rounds out the groundbreaking research series, which launched in October.

Sweets & Snacks Expo Moving To Indianapolis For 2021 Show

The 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo will be held at the Indiana Convention Center In Indianapolis from June 22 to 25, according to NCA. The move from Chicago’s McCormick Place was the result of “careful consideration and close examination of all options given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and regional differences across the country when it comes to public events,” the Association reports.

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.

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

See’s Candies

Founded in 1921 by Mary See, See’s Candies has created quality chocolate and candy for nearly a century. Since its inception, See’s has expanded from one chocolate shop to over 200 shops across America and a flourishing online store thanks to its commitment to tradition, taste, service and quality. Across its iconic black-and-white retail stores and online chocolate shop, See’s offers more than 100 varieties of delicious candy, chocolates and seasonal gifts made with the same motto in mind: Quality Without Compromise®.

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.