Our Strong Economic Impact

As the makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the confectionery industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy. We create good-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector in the U.S. and support thousands of additional American jobs as we sell our products in the marketplace and source our ingredients, packaging and transportation. These additional jobs, known as induced jobs, are supported through the re-spending of wages throughout the supply chain.

Direct Economic Impact in the U.S.


Economic Output




Federal, State & Local Taxes++

National Multiplier Effect


U.S. confectionery manufacturing job




other jobs in the U.S. economy

The Economic Impact and Leadership of America’s Confectionery Industry

Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 54,000 people across the United States, with more than 550,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more.


Power of Sweet in the States

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Source: John Dunham & Associates 2018, New York, NY
*210 Analytics, Global Trade Atlas

++Figure includes business taxes paid in direct, supplier, and induced industries.