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Guest Post: Chocolate and candy companies are powering the US economy

By John Downs

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Confectionery also adds sweetness to some of our most important moments. Pic: GettyImages
Confectionery also adds sweetness to some of our most important moments. Pic: GettyImages

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As the industry prepares for Halloween, National Confectioners Association President and CEO John Downs outlines the significance of confectionery in relation to the nation’s wealth in terms of job creation and spending power.

In the confectionery industry, we’ve always known our products are special – a way to celebrate an important moment, take a nostalgic trip back to an earlier time or even just bring some excitement into an ordinary day. And now, our latest report shows​ that chocolate and candy don’t just improve our everyday lives; they have an incredible impact on the US economy.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America's chocolate and candy companies have continued to operate safely, providing and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the communities they serve

Our new economic impact data shows that makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints create or support nearly 700,000 good-paying American jobs, with about 58,000 jobs directly created in confectionery manufacturing alone. For every job created in confectionery manufacturing, another 11 are supported in related industries, which is a strong multiplier effect of 1:11.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America's chocolate and candy companies have continued to operate safely, providing and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the communities they serve. In fact, of the 700,000 good-paying jobs created or supported by the confectionery industry, 640,000 jobs empower workers in other industries, supporting employment opportunities in agriculture, retail, transportation and more.

The industry generates $37bn in retail sales each year, and the opportunities it provides are essential to cities and towns across the country, as the industry operates in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities in all 50 states. 

Halloween

And there’s no better time to share this exciting information than during the Halloween season, as so many people are focused on the iconic confectionery treats that are a key part of this time of year. For those looking for resources to help celebrate Halloween, Halloween Central​ has tricks for treating, fun facts and plenty of ideas for ways to celebrate in safe and creative ways.

As you celebrate the Halloween season – and throughout the year – consider the vital role chocolate and candy companies play in powering the US economy. These hardworking people ensure that we can bring some sweetness to some of our most important moments – and that is what we call the Power of Sweet.

Related topics: Editor's Blog, Chocolate, Candy, Seasonal

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Great read

Posted by Nicole Patton,

Chocolates, candies, <a href="https://www.mimiscountrycandies.com/">Best Caramels</a> and chewing gums are not just kids favorite but some adults love to have it also. It's great to know that despite the fact that we are on crisis, there are still people continuing on doing their job in the industry and company that they are working.

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Sugar confection, tooth decay and the economy.

Posted by Maurice White,

Christmas, Easter and Halloween are associated with lots of sweet treats and tooth decay that power the economy.
Over 80% of cavities develop from acid demineralisation that exceeds remineralisation deep inside pit and fissure developmental faults in back teeth where food is trapped and brushing can’t reach.
Dentists can prevent these cavities by placing costly sealants over chewing surfaces to block food being trapped there, but has limited access to children and the whole population.
Chewing sugar free calcium rich gummy confection before eating sweet treats block access to these faults, neutralises acids, aids remineralisation, prevents decay and increases the confection market, so why not investigate how. www.supertooth.org

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