National Confectioners Association
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Founded in 1884 in Chicago by representatives of 69 confectionery manufacturing firms, the National Confectioners Association is one of the oldest trade associations in the world. It is currently based in Washington, DC. In 2008 it merged with the Chocolate Manufacturers Association of the USA (now called the Chocolate Council).
The association has 700 members, which include domestic and international confectionery manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. It aims to meet challenges and problems in the confection industry.
The NCA offers education and leadership in manufacturing, technical research, public relations, retailing practices, government relations, and statistical analyses.
The NCA sponsors a yearly exposition of candies, gums and other snack foods at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. Up to the year 2009 the event was called the All Candy Expo, but starting in 2010 it will be called the Sweets & Snacks EXPO. The trade show has hundreds of booths staffed by representatives of dozens of companies debuting their latest creations.
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