Chocolate, Candy and Soldiers — Happy Veteran’s Day

Happy Veteran’s Day, Dad! My dad is almost 98 and he is one of the “greatest generation” of soldiers, having served in the Pacific Theater in WWII. My dad wasn't all that excited to be going overseas since he had two little kids at home whose mother (his wife) was very very ill. But he did it, like millions of other soldiers over time and he missed his kids every day. I don’t know how many children my dad encountered in the Pacific, … [Read More...]


Back to Balance

NCA is part of the new “Back to Balance” coalition of farmer and food trade associations reaffirming a belief in the traditional core tenants of balance, variety and moderation as a way to support healthy eating. A balanced diet seems like common sense, doesn’t it? After all, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both support an “all foods fit” approach in which  a wide variety of … [Read More...]

There are over 70,000 candy manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Manufacturing Day 2014

In case you missed it, today is Manufacturing Day, designed to amplify the voice of manufacturers across the United States. There are more than 12 million manufacturers in the U.S., and that number includes over 70,000 candy makers who produce your favorite sweet treats. The National Association of Manufacturers monthly Member Focus magazine profiled NCA (page 8) earlier this year: Working with [NAM] and its Council of Manufacturing … [Read More...]


Midwesterners are just the sweetest!

Halloween is in full-swing here at NCA. Does that mean we come to work in costume and go office to office asking for treats? Nope. We're too busy analyzing shopper data. It's actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Really. For example, our examination of demographic trends showed us that people in the Midwest are even more likely to hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters than the average American. On the whole, three quarters of the … [Read More...]

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