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2018: May 20 IRI Retail Sales Data

Growth for Short and Longer-Term Look Sales for candy, gum and mints advanced 1.7 percent over the 52 weeks ending 5/20/2018, according to data insights firm IRI. The shorter four and 12 week view show growth as well — underscoring that the shorter Easter period …

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2018 Expo: Regulatory Update

Ivan Wasserman of Amin Talati Upadhye joined NCA’s Laura Shumow to present on the latest regulatory and legal challenges facing the candy industry. The talk addressed recent FDA FSMA inspections, new labeling requirements related to nutrition and bioengineering, as well as anticipated changes to …

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[Webinar] 2018 Easter Sales Review

The Easter selling season was a bit shorter this year than in 2017, with two fewer weeks falling between Valentine’s Day and Easter Sunday. Did this impact sales performance as shoppers made their selections for gifting, baking and crafting? NCA will examine sales growth …

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The Reason for the Seasons: Are You Maximizing Your Seasonal Sales?

Seasonal sales continue to grow faster than the rest of the confectionery category. This session will help you optimize your seasonal sales by sharing the secret sauce for maximizing traditional seasonal sales as well as gaining incremental sales on new and untapped opportunities. Presented …

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Applying Influencers & Community to Drive Retail Sales

This session details how to harness the power of social media Influencers to build your brand without blowing out your marketing budget. Packed with real life examples, see how Influencers can build awareness and ultimately, sales growth. Presented at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks …

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Making Shopper Marketing Snackable

Today’s omnichannel retail landscape shifts every day – from Amazon’s ownership of Whole Foods to multi-generational usage of social media and mobile for purchase decisions. In this exploding digital universe, brands and retailers must learn how shopper marketing still has power to drive sales, …

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Rise of the Global Competitor and Private Label: Implications for Candy and Snacks

New competitors from around the world continue to enter the U.S. market. This session will highlight the two biggest entrants into confectionery and snack retailing and what is needed to succeed in this new and evolving business model. Presented at the 2018 Sweets & …

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Hitting the Confectionery Sweet Spot at Retail

Consumer buying habits have shifted in recent years. More than ever, consumers want personal, emotional benefits that enhance their self-image and that entertain or pamper them. This session will present an overview of the ways many companies have used these strategies to build their …

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How to Use Snacking Brand Equity as a Competitive Advantage for Omnichannel Retailers

As e-commerce becomes increasingly pervasive in the consumer packaged goods industry, brands and retailers have to change the way they engage consumers. This is especially true for snack, which often rely on immediate availability to drive sales. Brands and attributes are hugely important when …

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Inside the World of Craft Chocolate: New Flavors and Tasting

Enter the indulgent domain of craft chocolate with this rich sensory experience of new flavors while gaining insights on how you can capture premium seeking chocolate consumers. Presented at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo.

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