*The following article originally appeared in NACS Magazine on August 10, 2020.
Halloween is less than three months away, and the Hershey Company predicts that this year, celebrations will be more family-oriented and the run-up to the night of trick-or-treating more important than ever, Candy Industry reports.
At the National Confectioners Association’s 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo, Barry Callebaut was recognized with the association’s first-ever Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation for the development of ruby chocolate.
Tony Jacobs, president and general manager of global confections for Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Co., was honored with the National Confectioners Association’s Advocate of the Year Award last week in Miami, Fla. The award celebrates a member of the chocolate and candy industry who has demonstrated unparalleled commitment and leadership in advocacy.
Jerry Hagedorn, executive vice president of business development for Barry Callebaut USA LLC, has been recognized with the National Confectioners Association’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Last given in 2014, the award honors individuals who have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to benefit the chocolate and candy industry in a lasting way.
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.