March 1, 2006
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau reports that the U.S. Confectionery Industry grew by 4.6% in tonnage shipments and 2.6% in dollar shipment in 2005. Manufacturers’ shipments have grown to $18.3 billion in 2005 and 7.6 billion pounds.
NCA estimates that retail sales of confectionery products in all trade classes have surpassed $28 billion. Chocolate candy sales grew 3.2% to $15.8 billion in retail sales and non-chocolate candy sales grew 7.0% to $8.9 billion. Total gum sales declined in 2005 to $2.6 billion in retail sales.
Since 1927, the Census Bureau has surveyed confectionery industry manufacturers to determine the amount of shipments to U.S. retailers and wholesalers and includes imports and exports in their calculations.