NCA Opens Nominations For Ruby Award For Supplier Innovation


Washington — NCA is accepting nominations for the Ruby Award For Supplier Innovation, which recognizes companies for advancements that significantly improve the ability of confectioners to manufacture, distribute, market and/or sell chocolate and candy. Products and services developed exclusively for a single company are not eligible for nomination, the Association reports.

Nominations will be accepted until March 1.

A panel of NCA manufacturing member companies will select the recipients and the winner will be announced at the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Examples of eligible innovations include, but are not limited to ingredients including those that deliver new or exciting tastes of sensory experiences, alter the nutritional profile of a product or otherwise improve an item’s quality; equipment that enhances efficiency of effectiveness in candy manufacturing or the supply chain; materials or packaging that support retail merchandising and display objectives or that contribute to environmental sustainability; and services that enhance collaboration between trading partners, facilitate efficiency of supply chain or improve the ability to market and sell confectionery products.

The nomination application can be found at