Washington — U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) have established the Congressional Candy Caucus in conjunction with National Candy Month with the aim of recognizing and highlighting the economic impact, responsibility commitments and community involvement of candy manufacturers in all 50 states, NCA reports.
The bipartisan effort also acknowledges the industry’s long history of job creation as well as the production of some of the world’s most beloved brands, according to the Association. Some 55,000 people in the U.S. work in confectionery manufacturing, which has a direct economic impact of $35 billion.
“Candy manufacturers such as the South Bend Chocolate Company in my district have a long and lasting tradition of not only making Americans’ favorite treats, but creating good jobs and growing our economy,” Walorski says. “I’m thrilled we are establishing the Congressional Candy Caucus to recognize the vital role the candy industry plays in our communities and to keep our colleagues aware of the issues that matter to these businesses.”
Kuster notes that if the country is to continue succeeding in the global market, a concerted effort to protect and advocate for the industry at the core of the U.S.’s economy is critical.
“A strong middle class is the backbone of our nation, and the confectionery industry has a long and proud history of creating jobs for Americans,” she adds.