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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) and Retail Confectioners International (RCI) have formed a new partnership designed to offer enhanced services to candy maker members of both associations. NCA represents more than 700 members, while RCI’s members number 450 and include a broad range of confectioners and industry suppliers.
Washington-based NCA will share and develop its public policy expertise with RCI members to keep them abreast of federal and state legislative and regulatory proposals affecting their companies. In addition, RCI’s members will join in efforts to ensure that the voice of the confectionery industry is heard by legislators and regulators alike. For example, RCI members recently opposed a proposal in the Maine legislature to institute an 8 percent tax on candy sales.
“Speaking with one confectionery industry voice on government initiatives will make the entire industry stronger,” said Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Springfield, Mo.-based RCI. “As small, independently owned businesses to Fortune 500 candy companies, we will work together to ensure the best representation for the U.S. candy, chocolate, cocoa and gum manufacturers.”
In addition, RCI and NCA will co-host sessions addressing emerging confectionery issues throughout the year, such as nut processing and allergen handling and labeling. NCA and RCI members will receive special rates to attend these instructional seminars. The trade groups will explore the possibility of co-locating some industry meetings, including conventions and other membership networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.CandyUSA.com.
SOURCE: The Gourmet Retailer