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Candy & Snack Today | Data & Insights

Back-To-School Spending To Hit $75.8B

22 Jul 2016 - Washington — The National Retail Federation (NRF) is anticipating back-to-school spending to reach $75.8 billion this year, up from $68 ...

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Snack Cake Sector Driven By Indulgence

19 Jul 2016 - Shopper demand for indulgent products isn’t slowing, as evidenced by the more than 75 percent household penetration rate for snack ...

Candy & Snack Today | Data & Insights

Gen Z Prefers In-Store To Online Shopping

18 Jul 2016 - San Diego — Despite growing up in a digital world, 64 percent of Generation Z — consumers ages 14 to ...


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Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.

Merrillville, IN

Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc. started, like many small entrepreneurial companies do, with mom, dad, grandma and grandpa opening a small candy store, in the recession of 1983 in Merrillville, Ind. Now, 28 years later, led by Scott and Debbie Albanese, this family-owned and operated business is famous for manufacturing the World’s Best Gummies and employs close to 300 people. The family-owned business sees a bright future of continued growth and job opportunities for the Northwest Indiana community.

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Mission & Vision


The National Confectioners Association advances, protects and promotes the confectionery industry.


The public understands and appreciates candy’s role in happy, balanced lifestyle.

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The Value of NCA

NCA is committed to advancing, promoting and protecting the confectionery industry. Through advocacy and communications, industry insights, and retailer and supply chain engagement, we are strengthening public understanding and appreciation of candy’s unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle.

NCA works for you in four key areas:

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  • Retail and Supply Chain Engagement
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