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State of the Market: E-Commerce for Candy and Snacks [Presentation Recording and Deck]

E-Commerce continues to be the largest growth opportunity for candy and snacks. In 2016, Amazon cracked the $1 billion threshold in grocery product sales with snack/granola bars and chocolate candy obtaining the second and fifth position in total grocery sales. This powerful session provides …

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E-commerce Regulations for Food Manufacturers [Presentation Deck]

The 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon has shaken the food retail world. What does this mean for the future of food retail? As consumers are increasingly turning online to acquire groceries, learn about the regulations dictating food sales and marketing on the …

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What to Expect from FDA FSMA Inspections [Presentation Deck]

Over the last few years, FDA has finalized the seven major Food Safety Modernization Act rules. With the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule now implemented, FDA and confectionery companies are beginning to observe trends with inspections that are enabling the industry to improve …

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International Trade, Chocolate and Confectionery: Challenges and Opportunities in the Supply Chain [Presentation Deck]

The U.S. confectionery industry imports critical raw materials including cocoa and sugar to support U.S. manufacturing, and exports more than $2 billion in finished products and intermediate goods annually. NCA has been a long-time advocate for open markets to support the movement of members’ …

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Update on USDA’s GE Disclosure Rule-making [Presentation Deck]

In July 2016, Congress passed a law requiring food manufacturers disclose the presence of genetically engineered ingredients in food products. Since then, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been diligently working on creating the rules food manufacturers must follow when providing disclosures for their …

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Canadian Nutrition and Food Policy Strategy [Presentation Deck]

In the fall of 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a mandate to Health Minister Jane Philpott in which he made the promotion of public health a top priority. Prime Minister Trudeau specifically included restrictions on food marketing practices, improving food labels and …

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The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation [Presentation Deck]

About five years ago, a small cadre of class action lawyers turned its attention to food manufacturers. The attorneys found that terms used in food labeling, such as “natural,” the packaging of products (e.g. “slack fill”), and advertising opened the door to bringing lawsuits …

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What IBM is Seeing for your Shopping Future [Presentation Recording and Deck]

Technology is driving the next generation of customer service and the way we live. With consumers wielding ever-more capable mobile devices and sophisticated data processing becoming more available, retailers have a unique opportunity to leverage technology to innovate every aspect of the consumer shopping …

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2017: August 13 IRI Retail Sales Data

A Happy End to Summer Chocolate candy continues its turnaround from a challenging 2016. Over the 52 weeks ending mid August, the total chocolate candy category increased 2.2 percent in sales and 1.7 percent in units driven by robust gains in seasonal as well …

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2017 Mid-year Review

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE – Sales growth, Growth by channel and per capita, Online purchasing

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