June 1 marks the beginning of National Candy Month, a month-long event that occurs each June to celebrate Americans’ favorite confectionery treats, their contributions to emotional well-being and the good times they bring to summer occasions.
Today, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) released policy principles calling for implementing a mandatory due diligence framework in the United States to address the risk of deforestation in the cocoa supply chain and support efforts to restore and conserve forests.
The National Confectioners Association revealed today that an overwhelming 91% of Americans plan to share their favorite confectionery treats with family, friends and other special people in their lives during the 2022 Easter season. Additionally, more than 90% of Americans who make Easter baskets plan to include chocolate and candy in their baskets as part of this special occasion, according to NCA.
The National Confectioners Association today announced that its Sweets & Snacks Expo will make a historic move to host the premier trade show for the confectionery and snack industries in a rotation between Indianapolis and Las Vegas over the next ten years. This announcement comes as the show convenes to celebrate 25 years of candy and snack innovation.
Despite two years of incredible changes, consumers are still engaging with their favorite treats. In 2021, chocolate and candy sales were up 11% over 2020, and up 15.4% over 2019 as consumers increasingly focused on seasonal celebrations, sharing and gifting, and emotional well-being, according to the third annual State of Treating report published by the National Confectioners Association.
The National Confectioners Association has announced that Lee Anne Pirrello has joined its staff as its new vice president of member value and engagement strategy. In this role, Pirrello will build relationships with current and prospective member companies, oversee retention and engagement efforts and facilitate NCA’s industry-leading signature events and education.
After a year of double-digit sales growth, confectionery sales leading up to Valentine’s Day 2022 are expected to top $3.4 billion as consumers look for fun and unique ways to treat themselves and retailers seek new ways to delight their shoppers in the COVID-19 environment.
The National Confectioners Association and Candy & Snack TODAY have announced the recipients of the 2022 Confectionery Leadership Awards: Todd Gean, Category Manager – Candy, Hy-Vee, Inc.; and Drew Germain, Director of Merchandise Buying, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
The National Confectioners Association has announced the eight members joining the 2022 class of its Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals across the confectionery industry access networking and professional development opportunities to grow their careers.
The National Confectioners Association announced today that Kelly O’Donnell has joined NCA’s Public Policy & Government Affairs team as PAC director. In this role, she will support NCA’s political efforts and manage NCA’s CandyPAC, the confectionery industry’s political action committee and one of the top food & beverage PACs.
For centuries, classic confectionery treats – like candy canes, Hanukkah gelt and peppermint bark – have brought holiday cheer to American families as they celebrate the winter holidays.
Gifting chocolate and candy and sharing these treats with loved ones makes the season even more special, and even with all of the joy brought about by gifting and sharing their favorites, consumers understand that chocolate and candy are treats.