Fueled by a reliable supply of affordable, high-quality, homegrown sugar, candy companies are expanding here in the U.S., setting new sales records, and enjoying impressive profits.

Unfortunately, Big Candy lobbyists rarely share the good news with lawmakers and instead cry poor in their attempt to outsource America’s sugar production.

Big Candy’s Big News

Increasing Year-Over-Year Sales
“Mars and Hershey performed strongly during the 52-week period ending Aug. 7, 2016. Hershey increased its sales of small-sized chocolates by 2.7% year-over-year, while Mars saw its small-sized chocolate dollar sales jump by 2.9%.”

Seasonal Candy Sales Rising
“The number of US households buying seasonal confections had increased by 74.4% during 2015, and by 73.6% last year, according to the most recent aggregated Nielsen data.”

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Is Big Candy expanding in your town?

“Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Pleasant Prairie [Wis.] with 400 jobs.”

Arlington, VA
“Nestlé to move U.S. headquarters to Arlington [Va.], bringing 750 jobs.”

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Big Candy Quotes

Candy makers’ own trade association has boasted about the industry’s financial performance since the current sugar policy was passed in 2008.

“In 2013, business was big, growing and profitable.”
National Confectioners Association Vice President Larry Wilson, March 20, 2014

“Not only is confectionery a large product category… it is a high profit category.”
National Confectioners Association, January 2008

“Despite a shaky economy for the past two and half years, sales continue to increase an average of 3% per year, with a nearly 4% gain this past year.”
National Confectioners Association, March 2011

The confectionery industry has seen 10 straight years of growth despite troubled economic times.
National Confectioners Association, March 2014

“The retail profit margin is approximately 35% for the confectionery category.”
National Confectioners Association, May 2009

“So many people and so many companies still are entering into this [U.S. candy] business… A lot of people think that it’s oil and energy that drives this economy, but it’s candy, it’s chocolate that’s doing well in this economy.”
National Confectioners Association President Larry Graham, November 25, 2011

“This is an industry positioned for growth and opportunity, and we are creating American products with American workers in cities and towns throughout America.”
National Confectioners Association President John Downs, September 17, 2015

“Confectionery [is] seen as a recession resistant category.”
National Confectioners Association, February 2010

“Confectionery retail sales have grown steadily since 2007, increasing from $27.4 billion to $32.1 billion in 2011.”
National Confectioners Association, May 2012