Nominate A Confectionery Retail Champion for the 2020 Confectionery Leadership Awards


Washington, DC (September 23, 2019) – The National Confectioners Association and Candy & Snack TODAY magazine are accepting nominations for the Confectionery Leadership Awards. The awards, presented annually at NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, recognize two of the industry’s top retail or wholesale buyers, category managers or executives.

Recipients of this award must:

  • Leverage leadership, experience and insights to move the confectionery industry forward in today’s competitive landscape;
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to building relationships and growing new business with confectionery manufacturers and shoppers;
  • Exhibit a consistent ability to drive best practices at retail and within the supply chain; and
  • Act as a role model for other retailers and wholesalers through category promotion, product and merchandising innovation and cross-functional collaboration.

“The confectionery industry and its retailers are true partners in business,” John Downs, NCA president and CEO, said. “Retail partners help our candy companies connect with shoppers and, in turn, the confectionery industry generates $36 billion in retail sales and supports more than 114,000 retail jobs. The Confectionery Leadership Awards recognize partners who deepen these vital relationships and celebrate the vibrancy of the chocolate and candy categories.”

The 2020 Confectionery Leadership Awards will be presented during NCA’s annual State of the Industry Conference (March 1-3) at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. In addition to recognition in front of their peers at one of NCA’s signature events, recipients of the Confectionery Leadership Award will also be invited to participate in the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards taste panel and will be featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Candy & Snack TODAY.

NCA members are encouraged to nominate exceptional retail and wholesale partners at The deadline to nominate is October 25.


About the National Confectioners Association (NCA)
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the U.S. confectionery industry, NCA helps ensure the public understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 54,000 workers in more than 1,300 manufacturing facilities across the country. For every job created in confectionery manufacturing, another ten are supported in related industries. In total, more than 607,000 American jobs are supported by the U.S. confectionery industry. America’s leading chocolate and candy companies support the Always A Treat Initiative, a commitment to transparency, portion guidance and choice, and consumer education. Learn more at, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.