Confectioners Unwrap New Digital Resources For National Candy Month

Posted On: 6/4/2019

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WASHINGTON -– The National Confectioners Association has launched National Candy Month Central, a digital hub for facts about chocolate, candy, gum and mints. Each June, NCA helps Americans celebrate the sweeter side of life by highlighting innovation in the confectionery industry, as well as recognizing those across the country who proudly make the special treats that bring people together during holidays and family celebrations.

"National Candy Month is a time to honor the classic American manufacturing success story of the confectionery industry," said NCA president and chief executive John Downs. "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."

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 on the front of the pack. The effort is part of the Always A Treat Initiative, a five-year commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America that began in 2017.

NCA pointed out that many of America's well-known confectionery companies have been family-owned and operated for generations, providing their communities with good-paying manufacturing jobs for decades. America's confectionery manufacturers 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 American jobs supported by the industry.

How can you participate in National Candy Month?

1. Visit National Candy Month Central: Check out NCA’s digital hub for fun facts about popular sweets and to see how others make chocolate and candy part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

2. Share the sweetness: NCA is encouraging industry professionals to promote customers sharing sweets in their offices and with friends and family in the month of June.

3. Join the conversation on social media: Follow NCA on Twitter (@CandyUSA), Instagram (@CandyUSA), and Facebook (National Confectioners Association) to see what the association is doing for National Candy Month, and use #NationalCandyMonth to let NCA know how you're celebrating the sweetest month of the year.