Did you know that Illinois is one of the top five confectionery-producing states in the U.S.? More than 60 confectionery manufacturers in the state employ nearly 7,700 people and produce $4.49 billion worth of confectionery shipments each year. That’s one reason Illinois is an optimal location for the Sweets & Snacks Expo, an annual trade event that has been held in the city for more than 20 years.

Across the nation, the confectionery industry accounts for approximately 465,000 jobs, including:

  • 235,000 supplier jobs;
  • 55,000 manufacturing job in more than 1,000 facilities in all 50 states;
  • 13,000 transportation jobs; and
  • 162,000 retail jobs.

In addition to the significant job support, confectionery items account for $35 billion in retail sales annually, including $2 billion in exports and more than $7 million in seasonal candy sales. This powerful economic force comes together each year at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. The Expo’s long-time host city reaps the rewards of the show with 7,000 jobs supported, $2.1 million in tax revenue and $21.5 million in business sales ranging from hotels and restaurants to transportation.

The power of sweet economic impact

About the National Confectioners Association

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) 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 $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it 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 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries. Learn more about the “Power of Sweet” at CandyUSA.com, or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Sweets & Snacks Expo

Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the confectionery and snack industry’s most successful, world-class event. It is unrivaled in new product launches, business building solutions and innovations in merchandising. Approximately 17,000 qualified professionals attend with global presence from 90 countries. More than 800 companies displaying more than 4 acres of candy and snack products participate in the Expo. The event is held each May at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Visit www.sweetsandsnacks.com for details.