Sales of Chocolate and Candy Reach New Highs, Poised for Future Growth

Without question, the rising cost of food has been dominating the news cycle and impacting how consumers make purchasing decisions.

The 2023 State of Treating report reinforced what we know: During this economic uncertainty, consumers are looking for small ways to bring a little sweetness to their lives and the lives of those around them.

Halloween is Always A Treat – This Year, It’s Even Sweeter

Chocolate and candy are a centerpiece in so many Halloween traditions – making the season’s arrival the most exciting time of the year for the confectionery industry. I’m thrilled to share that this year, the Halloween season is even sweeter because America’s chocolate and candy companies delivered on their commitment to helping consumers manage their sugar intake by providing more transparency, choice and portion guidance options when it comes to our favorite treats.

Chocolate and Candy Are Always A Treat

In 2017, Mars Wrigley, Ferrero, Ferrara Candy Company, Lindt, Ghirardelli Chocolate, and Russell Stover Chocolates joined forces in a landmark agreement to help consumers manage their sugar intake. In a commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America, these companies set an ambitious goal to provide more transparency, create more portion guidance options in innovative packaging, and educate consumers about how unique products like chocolate and candy can play a role in a happy, balanced lifestyle.

This Blogger Gets It Right When It Comes to Treating

At NCA, we have many conversations with our member companies, consumers, politicians and other stakeholders about what it means to treat as part of a happy, balanced lifestyle and how confectionery’s impact on emotional well-being is connected to physical well-being.

Making Room for Creativity This Winter Holiday Season

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic will change how we celebrate the winter holidays, with many Americans opting to hold smaller celebrations or participate in safer, socially-distanced winter holiday traditions to celebrate the season.

However, that doesn’t mean that winter holiday celebrations are off the table.

We’re Taking the Guesswork Out of Halloween 2020

It’s October, which means we’re in the middle of the confectionery industry’s Super Bowl: the Halloween season. As we’ve gotten closer to the big day, we’ve unveiled resources on Halloween Central to prepare consumers, our member companies, retail partners and community stakeholders to celebrate the Halloween season in safe and creative ways.

Halloween Is Happening

At NCA, we’ve been connecting with consumers across the country to better understand how people, especially parents, are approaching the Halloween season this year. As health officials in every state consider safety guidance this fall, we want to share what we’ve learned.

First of all, allow me to take moment to assure you: Halloween is NOT canceled.