This week, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) is hosting its annual State of the Industry Conference at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami.
Based on the news pushed out by NCA recently, conference attendees will likely hear that the state of the candy industry is strong. Ironically, they’ll also probably hear from industry lobbyists that sugar policy is causing financial hardship.
But according to the NCA’s own daily news alerts, sweetener users have thrived since current sugar policy took hold in 2008. Here’s a sampling of Big Candy’s recent good news, which shows industry growth under current sugar policy:
Sale of packaged desserts and sweet baked snacks increased 2.5% between 2008 and 2012 to hit $13 billion in sales.
Consumers never tire of candy. Euromonitor data indicates that U.S. dollar sales for chocolate increased 19% between 2007 and 2012, and non-chocolate sales were up 17%.
NCA: U.S. brands account for 33% of global confectionery.
– Candy and Snack Today, 1-28-14
Add that to the ever-growing list of U.S. candy factory expansions, and the future for industrial sugar buyers looks sweet indeed…even if Big Candy lobbyists refuse to acknowledge their own industry’s success.