Seasonal Chocolate & Candy Insights

More than 64% of total candy sales take place during the four big seasons of Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and the winter holidays. Uncover insights into seasonal purchases in NCA’s exciting new research, Getting to Know Seasonal Chocolate & Candy Consumers.

NCA Announces Winners of 2024 Golden and Silver Candy Dish Awards

The National Confectioners Association announced today the winners of the Golden and Silver Candy Dish Awards. Mary Beth Lane, Partner & SVP, Alternative Vending at CA Carlin, is the 2024 Golden Candy Dish Award recipient, and Tony Jacobs, president and CEO at Bazooka Candy Brands, is the 2024 Silver Candy Dish Award recipient. The Candy Dish Awards are presented annually by NCA’s broker community, recognizing one broker and one manufacturer who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in confectionery sales, marketing, and management. Recipients are selected based on their ability to build relationships, cultivate new business opportunities, and persevere through the current business environment.   

NCA Announces 2024 Woman of Influence

The National Confectioners Association announced today that Sylvia Buxton, President & CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America, is the 2024 Woman of Influence Award recipient. Created by NCA’s Women’s Leadership Group, the award honors a woman who has demonstrated superior leadership and industry mentorship, with a proven record of growth and influence in the confectionery industry. The Woman of Influence Award will be presented at NCA’s 2024 State of the Industry Conference. 

The Power of SWEET

Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 58,000 people across the United States with almost 700,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more. Altogether, the confectionery industry contributes more than $37 billion in retail sales 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

Palmer Candy

The Palmer family has been making candy together since 1878, and Palmer Candy is nationally recognized as a full line manufacturer of chocolate and holiday confections. They operate today as not only one of the country’s oldest candy companies, but as the very oldest company of its size to be under continuous family ownership in the United States!

Palmer Candy

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

Did You Know?

78%

of all adults believe it is perfectly fine to occasionally treat with chocolate or candy

2-3x

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

111

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

ABOUT NCA

The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $42 billion in retail sales each year. Making chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and work to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy.

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.