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.
During the fall meeting of the National Confectioners Association’s board of trustees on Tuesday, October 26, Barry Rosenbaum, president of Nassau Candy Distributors, presided over his first meeting as the new chairman of NCA’s board of trustees, moving from his previous position as the board’s vice chairman.
It might be a bit divisive – you either love it or you don’t – but there’s no more iconic treat to enjoy during the Halloween season than candy corn. And there is no greater debate in American households this time of year than deciding the “right” way to eat candy corn.
Fortunately, the National Confectioners Association recently released the definitive deep dive on how people enjoy this classic treat.
The 2021 Halloween season is full of excitement, as chocolate and candy sales are up and consumers are ready to maximize their fun during the Halloween season. Retailers are going strong on their Halloween sets, with about 27% more seasonal items per store than in 2020. Consumers are planning to celebrate in a big way, including young parents – 93% of whom say they plan to celebrate Halloween this year. And sales of chocolate and candy are up 48% over 2020 and nearly 60% over 2019.
Today, the National Confectioners Association released a new report exploring chocolate consumption patterns and preferences titled Getting to Know Chocolate Consumers 2021: Exploring Consumer Demographics, Consumption Preferences and Shopping Habits for Mainstream, Premium and Fine Chocolate.
The National Confectioners Association released a new report today outlining the important and essential role confectionery manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy.