NCA Unveils Annual State of Treating Report for 2021

The National Confectioners Association released its annual State of Treating report at its virtual State of the Industry Conference. Made possible by Blommer Chocolate Company, the 2021 report offers a full picture of the strength of the confectionery category – even during an unprecedented year.

Ferrero’s Paul Chibe Named Chairman of National Confectioners Association

The National Confectioners Association announced today that Paul Chibe, President and CEO of Ferrero North America, will assume the role of Chairman of the NCA Board of Trustees for a two-year term that begins immediately. Chibe most recently served as Vice Chairman and will take over for departing NCA Board Chairman Kirk Vashaw, Chairman and CEO of Spangler Candy Company.

Register Now for NCA’s 2021 Digital State of the Industry Conference

The National Confectioners Association’s annual State of the Industry Conference on March 9 is going digital for 2021, offering Ideas, Insights & Inspiration: Delivered.

Streamlined to provide high-level insights from the State of the Industry Conference’s most important sessions, the State of the Industry Conference will provide focused, actionable ideas to inspire the confectionery industry and delight confectionery shoppers, all without the need to board a plane.

Chocolate and Candy to Play Central Role in Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day chocolate and candy can provide a fun way to connect with loved ones and promote little moments of joy during this unusual and uncertain time, according to a report from the National Confectioners Association. An overwhelming 86% of Americans report that they’ll share a gift of chocolate and candy this Valentine’s Day.

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.

“The Future Leadership Program has become a premier experience for young professionals in the confectionery industry,” John Downs, NCA president and CEO, said.

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.