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Hawaiian Host Group’s Ed Schultz Named NCA 2023 Advocate of the Year

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.

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Sales of Chocolate and Candy Reach New Highs, Poised for Future Growth

Without question, the rising cost of food has been dominating the news cycle and impacting how consumers make purchasing decisions.

The 2023 State of Treating report reinforced what we know: During this economic uncertainty, consumers are looking for small ways to bring a little sweetness to their lives and the lives of those around them.

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NCA Provides Chocolate and Candy to White House Easter Egg Roll

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.

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Every-Bunny Has An Opinion On The “Right” Way To Enjoy Easter Treats

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.

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NCA Statement on California Bill (AB 418) to Ban Certain Food Ingredients

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.

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NCA Statement on USTR Reallocation of Unused Raw Sugar TRQs

The National Confectioners Association released the following statement in response to the decision by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to reallocate unused country-specific quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar for fiscal year 2023. 

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