NCA Announces 2021 Future Leadership Class

The National Confectioners Association today announced the five confectionery industry professionals selected for the 2021 Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals across the confectionery industry access networking and professional development opportunities to grow their careers.

Chocolate & Candy Play Key Role in Safe & Creative Winter Holiday Celebrations

In this unusual year, people are seeking consistency and normalcy while celebrating the winter holidays even as they adopt COVID-19 safety precautions. 85% of Americans tell the National Confectioners Association that they are confident they will find creative and safe ways to celebrate the 2020 winter holidays and that they expect chocolate and candy to add some enjoyment to the holiday.

NCA Releases Third COVID-19 Report Examining Seasonal Confectionery Trends

The National Confectioners Association announced today that the third report in its three-part series on COVID-19 confectionery shopping trends is now available. The report, titled Seasonal Confectionery Purchase Decisions: 2020, explores seasonal confectionery trends during the COVID-19 pandemic and rounds out the groundbreaking research series, which launched in October.

NCA Welcomes New CFO, Membership & Meetings VP

The National Confectioners Association today announced two new staff members: Steve McCroddan joins as chief financial officer, and Kyle Jordan joins as vice president of membership & meetings.

“We’re thrilled to have Steve and Kyle on the NCA team as we work to achieve our new mission, bold vision and dynamic set of strategic objectives,” said NCA President & CEO John Downs.

NCA Releases Groundbreaking New Data on COVID-19 Confectionery Shopper Behavior and Sales

The National Confectioners Association has released the second report in its three-part insights-driven series that explores the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior and seasonal and everyday confectionery sales. The second report, titled “Confectionery Sales Amid COVID-19: 2020” focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new buying behaviors that have emerged as a result.

66% Admit To Stealing From Their Halloween Candy Stash

Do you open the bag of mini Halloween treats as soon as you get it home from the store? About two-thirds (66%) of people admit to enjoying a few pieces of Halloween chocolate and candy before handing the treats out to trick-or-treaters or using them for other Halloween activities, according to a recent poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association.

Public Health Experts Agree: Halloween Is Happening

Public health experts, community leaders, mayors and governors from across the country have joined a growing wave of approval and support for a safe and creative Halloween 2020 that includes Martha Stewart, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Whoopi Goldberg. Newspaper editorial boards, government officials, media personalities, parents, and public figures say that we can prioritize safety and still enjoy this fall with all types of Halloween celebrations.

40% of People Use Mints to Manage Mask Breath

Masking up this Halloween? 40% of Americans report they use mints to freshen their breath under their COVID-19 masks, according to a new survey from the National Confectioners Association. 38% reported that they enjoy gum under their masks, while 22% reported they prefer hard candy.

2021 Confectionery Leadership Awards Open for Nominations

The National Confectioners Association and Candy & Snack TODAY are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which honor two top retail or wholesale buyers, category managers and executives. Recipients of this award exemplify best-in-class thought leadership, category management, effective business collaboration and commitment to the promotion of the confectionery industry.

Who Enjoys Candy Corn the Most?

New data from the National Confectioners Association reveals that Gen X is the most likely to enjoy eating candy corn, with 58% reporting that they enjoy the iconic Halloween treat. Boomers trail shortly behind with 56% enjoying candy corn, according to the survey which was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of NCA.