NCA Announces 2018 Future Leadership Program Class

Five young professionals within the confectionery industry have been selected for NCA’s 2018 Future Leadership Program. The full breadth of the category is on display in this year’s class as the supply, manufacturing, distribution and retail sides of the industry are represented.

“The Future Leadership Program is a very important strategic initiative that was designed to help build knowledge and leadership skills of young professionals in the confectionery industry,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “This program provides a comprehensive experience for our young people to further develop talents and careers within their respective companies.”

Two Retail Leaders to be Recognized for Contributions to Confectionery

The National Confectioners Association is honored to announce that Krisanne Flamini from Wawa, Inc. and Barry Phillips from SpartanNash are the recipients of the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The award celebrates the recipients’ lasting contributions to the industry through their category management best practices, effective business collaboration, innovative in-store merchandising and solid category performance.

2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo Sells Out in Record Time

Booth space for the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo is sold out. This is the first time in the trade show’s 21-year history that it has sold out so early in the year. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 22-24) welcomes more than 18,000 attendees from 90 countries as more than 850 exhibitors display their most innovative products.

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.