All Indulgent Foods Are Not Created Equal: The Impact for Candy and Retailing

Increasing obesity rates in the U.S. are driving public policies that target high-calorie, high-sugar foods and beverages – and treat all such products as equals. Hank Cardello will demonstrate through new research that not all indulgent foods are the same and that “one-size-fits-all” policy decisions are ineffective. The report highlights how the confectionery industry has made significant strides in helping to reduce sugar, calories and portion sizes. Hank Cardello will discuss the impact of these findings for chocolate and candy manufacturers, retail partners and consumers and help attendees understand where we can go from here.


May 24 2023


12:00 pm


Insights Stage


  • Christopher Gindlesperger
    Christopher Gindlesperger
    Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications, National Confectioners Association

    Chris Gindlesperger is the senior vice president of public affairs and communications at the National Confectioners Association, where he leads an award-winning communications and marketing team. He oversees all communications, media relations and marketing activities and serves as chief public affairs strategist and spokesman for America’s chocolate and candy companies. Chris’ professional experience spans 20 years in public affairs and political, campaign and crisis communications. Prior to NCA he worked for a range of organizations, elected officials and award-winning campaigns, including the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Beverage Association

  • Hank Cardello
    Hank Cardello
    Executive Director of the Leadership Solutions Program for Health + Prosperity at Georgetown University’s Business for Impact Center and Chair of the Portion Balance Coalition

    Hank Cardello serves as executive director of the Leadership Solutions Program for Health + Prosperity at Georgetown University’s Business for Impact Center and chairs the Portion Balance Coalition. He is a noted author and one of the nation’s leading experts on the food industry when it comes to matters pertaining to consumer health, obesity and societal issues. For more than three decades, Hank was an executive at some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies including Cadbury-Schweppes, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and General Mills. His well-informed perspectives have been shared in numerous publications including Forbes, where he is a regular contributor, and broadcast media.