The National Confectioners Association is currently seeking nominations of outstanding industry leaders across several disciplines for awards that will be presented at the 2024 State of the Industry Conference (March 10-12 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort).
In response to California Governor Newsom signing a bill to ban certain food ingredients, the National Confectioners Association released the following statement:
“California is once again making decisions based on soundbites rather than science. Governor Newsom’s approval of this bill will undermine consumer confidence and create confusion around food safety…
Don’t be spooked by the most important question on everyone’s mind at this time of year: trick or treat? The answer is resoundingly in favor of treats, with 93% of Americans saying they’ll share chocolate and candy with friends and family to celebrate the Halloween season this fall. Chocolate and candy play an important role in special occasions, seasonal celebrations and the American economy – and the Halloween season is an integral component of that, driving about $6 billion in confectionery retail sales each year.
As National Candy Month comes to a close, the National Confectioners Association honored U.S. Representative Annie Kuster (D-NH) with an award named in honor of the late Representative Jackie Walorksi (R-IN). This award honors members of Congress who show a commitment to supporting the confectionery industry and the significant impact that manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints have on the U.S. economy.
June is National Candy Month, and there is no better way to kick off the summer than by embracing this month-long celebration that is gaining momentum with retailers and consumers nationwide. Major retail activation of National Candy Month started in 2020 with just 570 stores and by 2022, more than 50,000 stores participated in summer promotions that showcased the fun and unique nature of chocolate and candy.
The National Confectioners Association’s industry-shaping Always A Treat campaign won a Gold Stevie for ESG PR Campaign of the Year in the 21st Annual American Business Awards®. The Stevie Awards are the only national, all-encompassing business awards in the United States that recognize excellence in public relations, technology, human resources, social media and other categories.
The groundbreaking and innovative Always A Treat campaign, spearheaded by the National Confectioners Association, took first place in the 2023 PRNews Social Impact Awards Cause Branding Campaign category. The PRNews Social Impact Awards honor organizations that use their platforms to better their community and the global community at large.
The National Confectioners Association named Ed Schultz, president and CEO of Hawaiian Host Group, as its 2023 Advocate of the Year. This award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the confectionery industry has a seat at the table when policy discussions occur at the federal, state and local levels. Schultz received his award at NCA’s 2023 State of the Industry Conference.
The National Confectioners Association is honored to support the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll with iconic, American-made chocolate and candy products. This time-honored tradition celebrates the fun and joy the Easter season brings. America’s chocolate and candy companies are delighted to play a role in this exciting day and at other celebrations throughout the year.
Is there a right way to eat a chocolate Easter bunny? The National Confectioners Association asked and Americans answered: most consumers say they eat the ears first (78%), while some signaled they eat chocolate bunnies’ feet first (17%) or tail first (5%). This seasonal enthusiasm extends to the rest of the candy aisle, as 84% of Americans say they plan to celebrate the 2023 Easter season by sharing or gifting some kind of confectionery treat.
In response to the recent introduction of California AB 418 that would ban the manufacture, sale or distribution of food products containing certain ingredients, the National Confectioners Association issued the following statement:
“Chocolate and candy are safe to enjoy, as they have been for centuries. We strongly oppose AB 418 because there is no evidence to support banning the ingredients listed in the bill.