‘Power of sweet’: chocolate and candy companies fuel the American economy

By Anthony Myers

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640,000 US jobs are supported by confectionery companies, the NCA claims. Pic: GettyImages
640,000 US jobs are supported by confectionery companies, the NCA claims. Pic: GettyImages

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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has released a new report ahead of the crucial Halloween season outlining the important and essential role confectionery manufacturing plays in the US economy.

US makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints support nearly 700,000 well-paid American jobs, with approximately 58,000 roles created in confectionery manufacturing alone.

According to the NCA’s research, carried out by John Dunham & Associates, an economic research firm, for every job created in confectionery manufacturing, another 11 are supported in related industries, which is a strong multiplier effect of 1:11.

"America's chocolate and candy companies are essential to the American workforce. They are powerful drivers of the economy, and they are moment-makers during the Halloween season and at special times throughout the entire year​," said John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association.

"The Power of Sweet is palpable as the people who make our favourite treats have helped keep us connected even when we couldn't be together over these past 18 months​."


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.

The NCA estimates that almost 640,000 jobs are supported by confectionery companies in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more.

America’s chocolate and candy  industry generates $37bn in retail sales each year and is essential to cities and towns across the country, operating more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities in all 50 states. 

To learn more about the economic impact of the confectionery industry, visit​.

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