WASHINGTON (February 26, 2020) – The third annual Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation, an honor given annually to a National Confectioners Association supplier member for advancing the confectionery industry through breakthrough innovation, is now accepting nominations to be considered ahead of the 2020 Sweets & Snacks Expo. The award is named after its first recipient, Barry Callebaut, for its creation of Ruby chocolate.

“The Ruby Award recognizes supplier innovation that fuels creativity and efficiency throughout the confectionery supply chain,” John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. “The past winners of this award have revolutionized our industry’s ability to manufacture, distribute and market chocolate and candy, and we’re looking to recognize the latest innovations that have the potential to do the same.”

In order to be considered for recognition, the nominated innovation must have debuted in the 2019 calendar year and may not have been developed for the use of a single company. The recipients of the Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation are selected by a panel of NCA manufacturing member companies, which includes industry leaders from a selection of chocolate and candy companies. The recipient of the award will be announced during the Most Innovative New Product Awards reception taking place at 5 PM on Monday, May 18, at the 2020 Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Nominations for the 2020 Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation can be submitted at CandyUSA.com/RubyAwardNomination until March 27. Nominations for all NCA supplier members are welcome, regardless of input or service supplied. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.


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. Qualified candy and snack professionals attend with global presence from 90 countries. More than 850 companies displaying the latest in candy and snack products participate in the Expo. The event is held each May at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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. America’s chocolate and candy companies are committed to transparency, portion guidance, choice and consumer education. Learn more at AlwaysATreat.com or follow NCA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Carly Schildhaus