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NCA Statement on Recent Consumer Reports Chocolate and Cocoa Article

In response to an October 25, 2023 Consumer Reports article on chocolate and cocoa, the National Confectioners Association released the following statement:

“Chocolate and cocoa are safe to eat and can be enjoyed as treats as they have been for centuries. Food safety and product quality remain our highest priorities and we remain dedicated to being transparent and socially responsible.”

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The Halloween Season: An Iconic Celebration Made Complete by Chocolate and Candy

Throughout the year, American consumers look forward to celebrating their favorite holidays and seasons with friends and family. Whether it’s exchanging heart-shaped chocolate boxes on Valentine’s Day or roasting s’mores around a summer bonfire, chocolate and candy play an important role in these special moments and seasonal celebrations.  

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98% of Americans Will Welcome Trick-or-Treaters With Chocolate and Candy

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.

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Former FDA Deputy Commissioner Says California Should Think Carefully About Additive Ban 

Over the weekend, the Orange County Register published an op-ed about the proposed food additive ban in California penned by former FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannis. In the piece, Frank expressed an opinion very much aligned with positioning of NCA and the candy industry, writing, “It’s critical to rely on experts at the federal level, in close collaboration with state officials, to maintain consistency, uniformity, and consumer confidence in our nation’s food safety system.”

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NCA Honors U.S. Representative Annie Kuster with Inaugural Jackie Walorski Award

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.

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Consumers Kick Off the Summer With National Candy Month in June

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.

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