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NCA June 2007 Newsletter

June 30, 2007

NCA Monthly Newsletter: June 2007

In this issue:

- Industry Performance
- Association Activities
- Government Affairs
- Education
- Events


INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE

Confectionery continues its steady growth in 2007 after a successful Easter retail season

Drug stores lead the way

Total retail sales for candy and gum grew a healthy 2.5 percent in the 52 weeks ending May 20, 2007 according to Information Resources, Inc. Gum led the charge with 4.3 percent growth with sugarless gum increasing in double digit numbers. Chocolate was not far behind with a 3 percent increase while non-chocolate inched up nearly 1 percent. Drug stores lead all trade classes, posting 5 percent growth for the fifty-two week period.  

ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

NCA Senior Vice President goes to Ghana for outreach program

From the Field: A Report from Ghana

NCA's Susan Smith, senior vice president of public affairs, and Melane Rose Boyce, former NCA vice president of federal affairs participated in the WCF Cocoa Tour of Ghana in late May. The purpose of the trip was to gain a fuller appreciation of cocoa's journey from farm to port and to experience first hand on-the-ground partnerships between the WCF, its company and association members as well as public sector and non-governmental or development organizations.

Read Susan Smith's complete blog on the WCF Web site.

Rose Boyce remains in Ghana where she is completing an internship on child health and development in Ghana.  Read her "From the Field" report to hear what she's learning and to view her photographs from this month's report.

 

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Keep up with regulatory issues

Subscribe to NCA regulatory newsletter

If you are interested in more information on current regulatory matters of interest or concern to the confectionery industry, the NCA has initiated a monthly electronic Regulatory Update Newsletter. To receive this NCA member-only newsletter, please contact NCA's Alison Bodor. Click here to read the complete June issue of the NCA Regulatory Update Newsletter. Past issues of the newsletter are available in a password protected format on NCA's Web site.

Maine Senate defeats candy and food tax

Candy tax will not increase

The Maine Senate defeated a measure (LD 1925) at the very end of the state's legislative session that would have bumped up the current tax on candy from 5 percent to 8 percent but at the same time would have created a new sales tax of 8 percent on most other snack foods, including potato chips, pretzels, ice cream, crackers, popcorn, roasted nuts and cookies, all of which were previously untaxed.

New York takes a stand against choking

Legislation in the works to increase awareness about choking

Legislation is moving in New York to direct the state's Department of Health to establish better knowledge about the dangers of choking. AB 8618 encourages the department to establish criteria for determining which foods pose a choking hazard (including those with a high risk for children), produce and distribute educational materials on food choking hazards and operate a database of food choking incidents. NCA's lobbyist in New York recently delivered a Memorandum of Opposition for the association to the Assembly Health Committee regarding the measure.

Tennessee reduces tax on food but not candy

Members' grassroots can still pay off on proactive effort

The legislature in Tennessee decided on a budget and tax package that reduced the state food tax by one half of one percent instead of the 3 - 6 percent reductions that had been proposed in many bills this year. This occurred partly because the smaller food tax revenue was forsaken by the legislators and even more so because leadership on the issue ended up coming unexpectedly from the House side instead of the Senate. The changes NCA sought this session to treat candy the same as other food were not adopted.

Farm Bill reauthorization

 

Sugar Program to be affected

 

The Farm Bill will be reauthorized this year in Congress. The bill will affect NCA Members in many different ways on issues such as
nutrition, food safety, biofuel, and the sugar program. The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold their debate in full committee after the July 4th congressional recess. This debate will include multiple issues of interest to NCA, including the sugar program.

 

CFSAN releases fiscal year 2007 priorities

Includes food safety, nutrition and labeling

FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has issued its program priorities for fiscal year 2007: CFSAN 2007 Report to Stakeholders. The document includes CFSAN's Fiscal Year 2007 Program Priorities as well as CFSAN's Fiscal Year 2006 Program Priority Accomplishments. The program priorities generally list items that the agency believes it can complete during the fiscal year. The Center's Fiscal Year 2007 priorities include issues of interest to the candy industry such as food safety, allergens, nutrition and labeling.

NCA's New Trade Database Quarterly Newsletters

Keep up with foreign trade issues

Since 2003, the NCA has maintained an International Trade Statistics and Regulatory Database that provides up-to-date information on foreign regulatory and trade issues that affect the U.S. confectionery industry. A quarterly newsletter is available to provide NCA members with a summary of regulatory and trade updates made to the database over the past few months.

EDUCATION

ALL CANDY EXPO® introduces new features to help exhibitors get qualified show leads that turn into sales!

Increase qualified sales leads by as much as 100 percent with SmartBooth and EventKeywords

SmartBooth is a web-based lead generation system that mines through the ALL CANDY EXPO® database community to find key leads for exhibitors. Exhibitors login and set the parameters on their profile of their target attendee/customer, and SmartBooth does the rest! As attendees perform searches, view company profiles, evaluate products and schedule their sessions - they are building a personal profile on themselves.

EVENTS

2008 ISM / USA Pavilion Application Available

Register NOW!

The USA Pavilion application for the 2008 ISM is now available on NCA's Web site. ISM takes place in Cologne, Germany, January 27-30, 2008. ISM is the world's largest confectionery trade show, with more than 30,000 confectionery industry attendees from more than 130 countries.

Is your company "Export Ready"?

Register NOW for the Export Readiness Symposium!

Registration is now open for NCA's Export Readiness Symposium on July 11 in New York City and on July 19 in Chicago. The symposium will focus on the steps needed to make solid business decisions when considering or starting to export. NCA has contracted with Bryant Christie, Inc. and Athena Marketing International to educate you on the advantages of exporting; the risks and rewards; how you can learn from mistakes that others have made and how to avoid the same mistakes; assessing your export potential and your export readiness.

NCA plans Media Showcase in New York City

Sign up while spots are still available!

In November 2007, NCA will host a spectacular media event in New York City - the Candy Showcase. The Candy Showcase will feature the latest and greatest candy trends, health news, industry statistics and more in a venue just for industry needs. Dozens of magazine editors, television producers and newspaper reporters are expected to attend to learn more about the new items, new promotions, candy trends and other information that will interest their readers.

Increase profits by improving your Broker - Manufacturer management relationship

Register today for NCA's Partnership for Progress Workshop

Take part in NCA's workshop, the first in a series of on-going, collaborative seminars based on the Manufacturer-Broker relationship to learn how to get the most out of the partnership. The workshop will be held August 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Ill. This two-day workshop is facilitated by St. Joseph's University's Dr. John Stanton. Space is limited for this dynamic and collaborative event so be sure to register today!

Less than a week is left to save $40 on ALL CANDY EXPO® attendee registration fees 

The EXPO is less than three months (or 80 DAYS) away, and discounted attendee registration ends next week. Make your plans to attend today to avoid paying the $75 fee!

The 2007 EXPO is less than three months away, and discounted registration ends next week. Make your plans today to avoid playing the $75 fee! New additions to the EXPO include: myEXPO, an online personal assistant; the all-new Gourmet Marketplace; the New Product Showcase; and learning sessions to help you better understand your customers. The 2007 EXPO will be one of the best yet!

National Confectioners Association
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