NCA CEO Addresses Fine Chocolatiers About the Future of the Chocolate Category

John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association, spoke over the weekend at the Fine Chocolate Industry Association’s Elevate Chocolate event in San Francisco, Calif., sharing information about the future of the chocolate category.

“There is no end in sight to the emotional and social connections consumers have with chocolate,” Downs said. “But that does not shield us from the same disruptions that face other industries. We need to be radically open-minded about these challenges, while still being mindful of the opportunities they present. The industry is poised for growth – if we stay focused on meeting consumer needs and embracing the opportunities presented to us, growth will come.”

Confectionery Industry Drives American Economy, Supports More than 600,000 Jobs Nationwide

The confectionery industry helps to create more than 600,000 American jobs, according to a new report released today by the National Confectioners Association. Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 54,000 people across the United States, with more than 550,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more.

National Confectioners Association Promotes Three Key Senior Leaders

National Confectioners Association (NCA) President & CEO John Downs today announced the promotion of three key senior leaders that will unlock operational efficiency and effectiveness, bolster the membership value proposition, and continue to enhance the organization’s advocacy, communications, industry affairs, and regulatory support for the 620 manufacturers, suppliers and brokers that are members of NCA.

NCA Opens Future Leadership Applications for 2019 Class

The National Confectioners Association and its Young Professionals Network have opened the call to apply for the 2019 Future Leadership Program. Selected individuals will be provided with support, education, access and opportunity throughout the year-long accelerated leadership program.

NCA CEO Addresses World Chocolate Leaders in Switzerland

John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association, this week spoke at the annual CHOCOVISION conference in Davos, Switzerland. In his speech to senior leadership in the chocolate industry, Downs addressed the future of confectionery.