The National Confectioners Association (NCA) launched National Candy Month Central, a digital hub for facts about chocolate, candy, gum and mints.
Each June, NCA highlights innovation in the confectionery industry, as well as recognizes those across the country who make these treats.
“National Candy Month is a time to honor the classic American manufacturing success story of the confectionery industry,” said John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “We’re excited to share the stories of the companies and individuals who make the confections many of us enjoy throughout the year, especially as those companies empower consumers to treat in a way that fits into a happy, balanced lifestyle.”
The confectionery industry is committed to providing consumers with information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats.
Leading chocolate and candy makers have pledged to offer half of their individually wrapped products in sizes that contain 200 calories or less per pack by 2022, and 90% of their best-selling treats will display calorie information right on the front of the pack. This proactive effort is part of the Always A Treat Initiative, a five-year commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) that began in 2017.
Many of the U.S.’s well-known confectionery companies have been family-owned-and-operated for generations, providing their communities with good-paying manufacturing jobs for decades.
Confectionery manufacturers in the U.S. directly employ nearly 54,000 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $35 billion. But their impact goes far beyond their front doors: for every job directly created in confectionery manufacturing, another 10 are supported in related fields, including retail, agriculture, and shipping — totaling more than 600,000 U.S. jobs supported by the industry.
How can you participate in National Candy Month?
- Visit National Candy Month Central: Check out the digital hub for fun facts about consumers’ favorite treats and to see how others make chocolate and candy part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
- Share the Sweetness: To celebrate National Candy Month, why not share some treats with your friends and family? NCA will be helping to make the nation’s capital a little sweeter this June — try it in your office or neighborhood, too. The NCA hopes you’ll feel empowered to make informed choices, as member companies are bringing consumers more options in smaller package sizes.
- Join the conversation on social media: Follow NCA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see what it’s doing for National Candy Month, and use #NationalCandyMonth to show how you’re celebrating.
The NCA is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the U.S. confectionery industry, NCA helps ensure the public understands and appreciates the role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle.