WASHINGTON – The National Confectioners Association has released the second report in its three-part insights-driven series that explores the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior and seasonal and everyday confectionery sales. The second report, titled “Confectionery Sales Amid COVID-19: 2020” focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new buying behaviors that have emerged as a result.
“With this report, we’re delivering the information that’s essential to today’s ever-shifting retail environment during the COVID-19 pandemic,” NCA President & CEO John Downs said. “The data provided in this report is tailored specifically to confectionery manufacturers and retailers looking to develop best practices for this new retail landscape and get a grasp of some of the larger behavioral shifts resulting from the pandemic.”
The report pulls from shopper survey data and recent sales data to dive deeper into the rationale behind notable changes in shopper behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the centralization of shopper spending in the grocery channel, the increase in chocolate and candy sales during the pandemic and the rapid rise of e-commerce.
The full report is available to NCA member companies, Sweets & Snacks On Demand participants and select retail partners at CandyUSA.com/COVIDReports. An executive summary of the report is also available to the entire confectionery industry.
The first report in the series, which focused on seasonal confectionery, was made available to NCA member companies, Sweets & Snacks On Demand participants and select retail partners in mid-October 2020 and can also be viewed at CandyUSA.com/COVIDReports.
About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that promotes the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle and the companies that make these special treats. Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps create an environment that enables candy makers and confectionery retailers to thrive. As the leading association for the $36 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA works to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,300 manufacturing facilities across the country. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.