NCA Statement Honoring U.S. Representative Annie Kuster

NCA Statement Honoring U.S. Representative Annie Kuster

WASHINGTON – Following the announcement by U.S. Representative Annie Kuster (D-NH) that she does not plan to seek reelection in November, NCA president & CEO John Downs released the following statement:

“For nearly a decade, Congresswoman Kuster has been an unfailing champion of the U.S. confectionery industry, most notably in her role as the founding co-chair of the Congressional Candy Caucus. Her spirit of bipartisanship and dedication to the cause has helped pave the way for manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum, and mints to successfully navigate historic economic and political uncertainty. We thank the congresswoman for her service, honor her commitment to our industry, and wish her many sweet days ahead.”


As founding co-chair of the Congressional Candy Caucus, Congresswoman Kuster undertook a bipartisan effort to acknowledge the American candy industry’s long history of creating jobs and making some of the world’s most iconic brands.


About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the $48 billion U.S. confectionery industry. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate, candy, gum and mints are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. The industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states and supports an additional 635,000 jobs in related fields. The U.S. confectionery industry has made a commitment to increasing transparency, providing more portion guidance options and educating consumers about the role of confectionery in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at or follow NCA on Facebook, X and Instagram.