For National Candy Month, celebrated this June, the National Confectioners Association has revealed the most popular summer candy types and flavors that can help retailers looking to lessen the sales lull the category typically experiences during the hottest months of the year.
“Retailers are embracing National Candy Month as a promotional opportunity as they look to bridge the confectionery sales gap between Easter and Halloween,” Carly Schildhaus, a spokesperson for the Washington, D.C.-based association, told WGB. “In June 2020, about 575 retail locations executed a National Candy month promotion of some sort—and this year more than 31,000 retail locations have embraced National Candy Month as a way to drive incremental sales. There is great momentum and excitement for National Candy Month, as the industry eyes up this summer merchandising sales opportunity which is estimated to be worth up to $500 million.”
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So Many Activities
Chocolate and other confectionery treats often accompany consumers and their summer plans. NCA found that 94% of Americans will bring chocolate or candy with them while camping, 89% of beachgoers will enjoy chocolate or candy seaside and 93% of Americans say they’ll take along candy on their road trips.
“Whether you’re headed to the beach or to the pool, out for a hike or just to your backyard, chocolate and candy can add some sweetness to the summer,” NCA President and CEO John Downs said in a release.
Confection has remained resilient during the pandemic, with chocolate sales up by more than 5% and nonchocolate sales experiencing an increase of nearly 4%, Schildhaus said, adding that, “Consumers feel a magical connection to chocolate and candy—and they view them as treats that help boost their mood and lighten their perspective.”
In a report released earlier this year, NCA found that grocery-store dollar sales of chocolate candy grew 10.5% in 2020 and nonchocolate was up 9.9%.