NCA Unveils New Confectionery Industry Economic Impact Data

Washington — Makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints support nearly 700,000 American jobs, with about 58,000 jobs created in confectionery manufacturing alone, according to data released today by NCA.

The data outlines the important role confectionery manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy, including the fact that for every job created in confectionery manufacturing, another 11 are supported in related industries, which is a multiplier effect of 1:11.

“America’s chocolate and candy companies are essential to the American workforce. They are powerful drivers of the economy, and they are moment-makers during the Halloween season and at special times throughout the entire year,” John Downs, president & CEO of NCA, says. “The Power of Sweet is palpable as the people who make our favorite treats have helped keep us connected even when we couldn’t be together over these past 18 months.”

The Association notes that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s chocolate and candy companies have continued to operate safely, providing and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the communities they serve. In addition, nearly 640,000 jobs are supported by confectionery companies in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more.

The confectionery industry generates $37 billion in retail sales annually, operating more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities located across all 50 states.  

NCA has additional information on the confectionery industry’s economic impact available at