National Candy Month Makes June Even Sweeter

There are many things that evoke happy memories during the summer months. Across the country, summers are filled with barbecues and baseball, trips to the pool or the beach, fireworks and lightning bugs – and so much more. There are…

NCA Names the 2019 Future Leadership Class

NCA has announced the five young professionals for the 2019 Future Leadership Program. The 2019 class features individuals from both large and small manufacturers, a well-respected broker and a dynamic retailer.

“The Future Leadership Program is a valuable initiative for NCA as it advances the knowledge and leadership skills of the industry’s next generation of executives,” commented John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “I look forward to working with the future leaders as they will play a vital role in shaping the association’s next strategic plan.”

Collaboration Ensures Chocolate Category’s Future

The winter holidays are a special time of year for the chocolate and candy industry. From hanging candy canes on Christmas trees to gifting fine chocolate, celebrating the season with the products we represent is an annual tradition in many American households….

NCA Opens Future Leadership Applications for 2019 Class

The National Confectioners Association and its Young Professionals Network have opened the call to apply for the 2019 Future Leadership Program. Selected individuals will be provided with support, education, access and opportunity throughout the year-long accelerated leadership program.

NCA Announces 2018 Future Leadership Program Class

Five young professionals within the confectionery industry have been selected for NCA’s 2018 Future Leadership Program. The full breadth of the category is on display in this year’s class as the supply, manufacturing, distribution and retail sides of the industry are represented.

“The Future Leadership Program is a very important strategic initiative that was designed to help build knowledge and leadership skills of young professionals in the confectionery industry,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “This program provides a comprehensive experience for our young people to further develop talents and careers within their respective companies.”

Two Retail Leaders to be Recognized for Contributions to Confectionery

The National Confectioners Association is honored to announce that Krisanne Flamini from Wawa, Inc. and Barry Phillips from SpartanNash are the recipients of the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The award celebrates the recipients’ lasting contributions to the industry through their category management best practices, effective business collaboration, innovative in-store merchandising and solid category performance.

NCA and Lindt Host U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for Chocolate Manufacturing Facility Tour

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today joined the National Confectioners Association and executives from Lindt USA at the Lindt headquarters in Stratham, NH. The visit was an opportunity for Secretary Perdue to tour the manufacturing facility of a major employer in the state of New Hampshire, and experience firsthand the economic impact that the confectionery industry has on the state and national economy. As one of the state’s largest employers, Lindt provides 1,200 jobs in New Hampshire – and nationwide, the company employs more than 4,000 people.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for NCA Confectionery Leadership Award

Members of the National Confectioners Association are encouraged to nominate outstanding retail or wholesale customers for the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The distinguished award recognizes the most innovative and passionate leaders and champions of the industry.

The Confectionery Leadership Award, hosted by NCA in collaboration with Candy & Snack TODAY (CST) magazine, showcases top customers on an industry-wide level for their effective business collaboration, category management best practices and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.

2018 NCA Future Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

The National Confectioners Association’s Future Leadership Program is now accepting applications for the class of 2018. Five deserving young professionals (40 and under) in the confectionery industry will be provided with support, education, access and opportunity throughout the year-long accelerated leadership program. Fostering industry growth and advancement, NCA’s future leaders will engage in a formal mentorship with an esteemed member of the industry personally selected for them by the association’s Young Professionals Network committee.