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September 26, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Halloween candy spending expected to be sweet this year
    Consumers are expected to spend more on candy this Halloween. A study by the National Retail Federation shows 96% of Americans will buy candy and spend on average $24.25. That's up from the 95.5% who bought last year and spent an average of just more than $22. Spending is growing across all categories, including costumes and decorations, as Halloween becomes more popular with adults. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jelly Belly's Bob Simpson takes over as NCA chairman
    Jelly Belly Candy Co. President Bob Simpson is the new chairman of the NCA Executive Board, replacing Mitchell Goetze. Blommer Chocolate President Peter Blommer is now vice-chairman. Other new executive board members include Robert Nelson, president of Elmer Candy Corp., and Fannie May Confections Brands President David Taiclet. (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quick-trip customers willing to pay more at front end
    Customers who dash into the supermarket are more willing to pay full price if they can find items at the front end of the store. Research from Wrigley found that top front-end items are confectionery, beverages and magazines, and 80% of consumers said they would pay top dollar for the convenience of a quick trip. Progressive Grocer (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diet & Health 
  • RDs offer ideas to tackle challenges of eating healthy
    There are easy ways to work around the expense and challenge of healthy eating, such as buying lower-cost sources of protein instead of meat and shopping for local produce in season, dietitians said. They suggested checking restaurant websites for menu breakdowns, filling the grocery cart half full of produce and committing to trying healthier options more than once. The Washington Post/Consumers Union (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health risks for obese children may be worse than thought
    An analysis involving almost 50,000 children revealed that childhood obesity was tied to even greater health risks later in life, including heart disease and diabetes, than previously thought. The findings, based on 63 studies published between 2000 and 2011, appear in the journal BMJ. WebMD (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Candy consumption in adults and children studied
    Last year two studies funded by NCA were published, one regarding candy consumption and adults and the other surrounding candy consumption and children. These studies reiterate that consumption does not lead to obesity, and we encourage you to link to these studies on your company page. Contact Alison Bodor. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Contact your Congressmen
    On the heels of NCA’s Washington Forum and before the Farm Bill comes up for debate – possibly in November – it is essential for industry members to reach out to Congressional representatives to discuss issues pertinent to confections, especially to reform the U.S. sugar program. Contact Liz Clark. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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