Washington, DC — Earlier this week, NCA held its annual Pennsylvania Advocacy Day in the state capitol of Harrisburg. Association President & CEO John Downs notes Pennsylvania is one of the top chocolate and candy producing states in the country. He points out that building and maintaining strong relationships with elected officials there is vital to the chocolate and candy industry.
NCA reports 25 representatives from nearly 20 companies with ties to the state were on hand for face-to-face meetings with key, high-profile state officials — Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding, Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Joseph B. Scarnati III, and Rep. Thomas L. Mehaffe III.
The event also included an opportunity for participating NCA member companies — Blommer Chocolate Co., Cargill Inc., The Hershey Co., Just Born, Inc., Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC, R.M. Palmer Co., The Topps Co. and The Warrell Corp. — to set up displays in the rotunda of the capitol building, pass out treats and connect with legislators and their staffs.
Liz Clark, NCA vice-president of government affairs, tells CST: “We interacted with more than 50 legislators throughout the day, which opened the door for a lot of conversations about chocolate and candy in Pennsylvania.”