*The following piece was originally published onMedium.comon September 9, 2019.
Chocolate and candy companies are an important part of the 美国经济:一个典型的美国制造业成功故事的最好例子。我们的会员公司直接雇佣了近54,000个制造业岗位，其中超过550,000个岗位是由糖果制造业支持的。This means that for every one job created in confectionery manufacturing, another 10 jobs are created in other industries, like agriculture, warehousing, transportation and retail.
From Pennsylvania to California and everywhere in between, our purpose-driven companies and brands are making a deep impact on the communities where they operate.Beyond providing good-paying jobs, our member companies are committed to doing good locally, nationally and globally.Our member companies are responsible marketers and engage in sustainability efforts throughout the supply chain.Corporate social responsibility is also important to America’s chocolate and candy makers, with a long-standing history of community programs to benefit cities and towns throughout the country.These important initiatives are key examples of ways our companies understand their impact.
Our efforts to be thought leaders and positively influence the industry doesn’t end with sustainability and responsible marketing.Across the industry, America’s chocolate and candy companies are making sure that consumers have access to more information, options and support as they manage their sugar intake.In the coming years, Americans can expect to see more products in package sizes of 200 calories or less, plus front-of-pack calorie labeling to help them make informed choices about how they enjoy their favorite treats.
And, of course, we’re making sure that consumers can learn more about their favorite treats through a digital hub packed with resources — AlwaysATreat.com.We also know that there are times throughout the year when you’ll naturally think about candy, so we’ll be there to support you with resources specific to treating responsibly at each of these candy moments, including 万圣节, Valentine’s Day, 复活节, 全国糖果月 and more.
The next time you unwrap your favorite treat, think about the tradition, transparency, responsibility, leadership and hard work that went into creating that one simple moment of enjoyment.And consider that although the litany of issues that our country must face together might not fade any time soon, American manufacturing of chocolate and candy brings growth to our economy, strength to our communities and a little sweetness to those special moments.