Cleveland — The 2020 Candy Hall of Fame, scheduled for October 23 to 25, in Tampa, has been canceled, according to the NCSA. The association notes the decision follows careful evaluation of the ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19.
A statement released by the NCSA says: “During the past few months we have kept a close eye on the spread of the virus and the comfort levels of our guests, and with this in mind we have concluded that gathering as a large group in October is not in the best interest of our honorees, their friends and families and our members.”
The association has chosen not to hold a virtual induction in 2020 and the 11 individuals being honored will instead transition to become the class of 2021, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the event and the 122nd meeting of the NCSA.
Mark Lozano, NCSA president and vice-president of North American operations for SACMI Packaging & Chocolate, states: “This difficult decision to cancel our event was made with our attendees in mind. In these times the health and safety of our families and friends need to be our priority. We will miss our time together, but we will soon be sharing an idea to ensure we can still connect.”
“We appreciate the disappointment of the Class of 2020 and we want them and their families to experience all that makes up the Candy Hall of Fame weekend, so we look forward to celebrating their many contributions to the industry during our 50th anniversary event in 2021,” says Joe Melville, association vice-president and chief growth officer for Green Rabbit.
2021 event dates will be announced in August.