National Confectioners Association Applauds Bill to Reform U.S. Sugar Program

In response to the introduction of The Sugar Policy Modernization Act (HR 4265 / SB 2086) by U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), the National Confectioners Association issued the following statement:

“We applaud the sponsors of this bicameral, bipartisan legislation for their efforts to level the playing field for consumers and businesses by reforming this Depression-era policy that hurts so many while benefiting just a few.

Multi-Award Winning Sweets & Snacks Expo Provides Best-in-Class Business Solutions

With the recent announcement of the Sweets & Snacks Expo being named to Trade Show Executive magazine’s Gold 100 list for the first time, the candy and snack industry’s recognition for its success has been unparalleled. While the Gold 100 includes the largest trade shows in the world, it also features those that have a track record of excellence in their sectors, and the Sweets & Snacks Expo is no exception.

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.

2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo Opens Call for Speakers

The Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association, is now accepting proposals for its 2018 Sweet Insights educational slate. As the confectionery and snack industries’ signature trade event, the Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 22-24, 2018 at Chicago’s McCormick Place) is seeking thought leaders who can provide unique insights, strategies and trends to Expo attendees.

With more than 18,000 registrants and more than 800 exhibitors, the Sweets & Snacks Expo provides potential speakers with a tremendous venue to showcase their expertise.

Key Insights from the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo Knowledge-Building Sessions

Industry professionals in attendance at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo were provided with 20 educational sessions that delivered the latest research, data and trends driving shopper behavior in the candy, snack and specialty categories. Year after year, NCA’s Sweet Insights program at Expo continues to facilitate an environment where attendees learn the latest category solutions from the industry’s most impactful speakers.

Americans Celebrate National Candy Month in June

June is National Candy Month, and the National Confectioners Association will be helping Americans celebrate by highlighting sweet innovation in chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and spotlighting the men and women who make the special treats that have played a unique role in cultural traditions and seasonal celebrations for thousands of years. The summer holiday arrives on the cusp of America’s leading confectionery companies’ recent announcement that they are redoubling their efforts to educate consumers on the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle.