POLICY & ADVOCACY

Chocolate, Candy,
Gum + Mints

We’re advocates for the U.S. confectionery industry, which includes all types of chocolate, candy, gum and mints. Our mission is to advance, protect and promote America’s favorite treats and their unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle.

What We Stand For

Fair Sugar Policy

Modernizing the U.S. Sugar Program

The U.S. sugar program is a complicated mess of price supports, market allocations, quotas, and government guarantees that are ultimately covered by taxpayers. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, for every sugar-processing job preserved through artificially high U.S. sugar prices, three American manufacturing jobs are lost. We support a simple, bipartisan solution to provide a spoonful of fairness to American food manufacturers that is modest in scope and doesn’t abolish the program or hurt farmers.

Sugar Harvest

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Free Trade

Open Access to Global Commerce

Our member companies source ingredients like sugar and cocoa from places around the world and export unique confectionery products to dozens of countries. We support open access to global markets while making sure American confectionery products remain safe, affordable and accessible around the globe.

Trade Shipping

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SNAP Choice

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Around the country, states continue to attempt to limit food choice for SNAP recipients. We believe that all consumers should have the right to make informed choices when it comes deciding what to eat or drink, and that includes those that receive SNAP benefits.

No Food Taxes

Opposing Taxes on Chocolate & Candy

Taxes on our member companies’ products that exceed other foods burden retailers, distributors, and manufacturers and increase the cost for consumers. We oppose additional tax burdens that negatively impact confectionery companies.

Practical Regulation

Regulation that is Reasonable

We support labeling, food safety, and manufacturing regulations that are fair to both consumers and industry. Trust and transparency are core values for NCA, and that’s why we created a useful resource to help consumers understand what is in their favorite treats.

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Modernizing the U.S. Sugar Program

The U.S. sugar program is a complicated mess of price supports, market allocations, quotas, and government guarantees that are ultimately covered by taxpayers. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, for every sugar-processing job preserved through artificially high U.S. sugar prices, three American manufacturing jobs are lost. We support a simple, bipartisan solution to provide a spoonful of fairness to American food manufacturers that is modest in scope and doesn’t abolish the program or hurt farmers.

Sugar Harvest

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Power of Sweet

Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 54,000 people across the United States with more than 600,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more. Altogether, the confectionery industry contributes more than $44 billion to the U.S. economy each year and has at least one manufacturing facility in each of the fifty U.S. states.

An Engaged Industry

CandyPAC

The confectionery industry’s leading political action committee, CandyPAC, supports Congressional leaders who understand the issues, needs and concerns of 600,000 Americans whose jobs are linked to the confectionery category. CandyPAC is funded by industry leaders who understand that an investment in building relationships with members of Congress is an investment in their long-term business success. 

Washington Forum

Each fall the confectionery industry takes to Capitol Hill during the Washington Forum to speak with our congressional leaders with a united voice. The Washington Forum gives confectionery manufacturers a chance to advocate for their interests, forge a relationship with their congressional representative and outline our industry’s economic contributions to leading elected officials.

State Advocacy

Change doesn’t just happen at the federal level. Building strong relationships with leaders and regulators in confectionery-producing states can open dialogue for confectionery manufacturers and showcase their immense contributions to the state economy.

Grassroots

As individuals strive to get more involved in advocating for the confectionery industry, we’re providing opportunities for them to directly connect with their elected officials.

Candy on Capitol Hill

Congressional
Candy Caucus

The Congressional Candy Caucus is a bipartisan caucus formed to acknowledge the American candy industry’s long history of creating jobs and recognize the economic impact, responsibility commitments and community involvement of candy manufacturers in all 50 states.

U.S. Senate
Candy Desk

The Senate Candy Desk, located in the back row on the Republican side of the Senate, has been a popular destination on the Senate floor since 1965, thanks to its selection of candy provided by NCA members from its occupant’s home state.

Always A Treat

America’s leading chocolate and candy companies have committed to providing consumers with information, options, and support as they enjoy their favorite treats, pledging half of their individually wrapped products will be available in sizes that contain 200 calories or less per pack and 90 percent will feature calorie information on the front of the pack by 2022.

A Purpose-Driven Industry

Our industry has taken a leadership position on the role of marketing in companies’ business operations. The majority of chocolate and candy on store shelves is made by companies that do not advertise to children under the age of 12. Our commitment on this front is monitored and evaluated by the Better Business Bureau.

Contact the Public Policy & Advocacy Team

Liz Clark

Senior Vice President of Public Policy

Dan Shorts

Director of Government Affairs

Courtney Hogan

Manager of Grassroots and Public Policy

Contact the Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Team

Debra Miller

Senior Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Paige Smoyer

Manager of Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs