国会大厅里的巧克力和糖果制造商

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*The following piece was originally published onMedium.comon September 9, 2019.

糖果制造商正在前往华盛顿特区这些公司生产美国人最喜欢的美味食品。

我们代表整个糖果行业:从大型全球品牌到中小型企业,这些企业大多是几代人的家族企业。这些不同类型的公司意味着糖果业可以提供一种独特的视角来看待今天影响美国经济的问题。

全国各地的城镇都在吸引大公司到他们的社区来创造就业机会,当然,我们支持保持和创造美国就业机会的努力。但那些久经考验的、真正的就业创造者呢?让小企业和制造商继续营业的努力在哪里?不幸的是,我们面临的这类问题并不总是为我们的决策者所承认。规模较小的制造商往往在全国辩论中被遗忘,但正是这些公司推动着我们的经济,每天影响着每一个美国人的生活。这些小公司是美国经济的支柱,我们可以让它们做得更好,因为它们与我们的社区有着密切的联系。

糖果行业由成千上万辛勤工作的美国人组成,来自糖果公司的代表本周将在这里与国会山建立联系。我们倡导统一、公平的法规和政策,使从农民到消费者再到我们的零售客户的每一个人受益。这些糖果商代表着那些已经生产巧克力、糖果、口香糖和薄荷糖超过100年的公司。它们在全美50个州拥有近1300家制造工厂,完全可以与华盛顿的政策制定者分享它们的故事。

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.