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.   


Taffy Town

Originally named the Glade Candy Company after its founder, James Glade, Taffy Town started as a candy business that developed a variety of candy, including hard candies, chocolates and more.

In the 1990s, David Glade, James Glade’s grandson, changed the company’s name to “Taffy Town, Inc.” to focus all its candy-making efforts on creating taffy excellence. Taffy Town employs a unique whipped process to make its 90 flavors of taffy, using a whipped meringue for a softer, chewier piece of taffy.

Taffy Town has been an NCA member company since 1999.

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Did You Know?


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


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


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


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.


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.


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