June: National Candy Month

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20100607.jpg Among the many special celebrations in June is one that will be welcomed by much of the U.S. population -- especially youngsters. It's National Candy Month. From fancy bon-bons to M&Ms and candy bars, it's time to enjoy one of the nation's favorites.

In the world of candy, chocolate is the clear winner. There are more than 1,200 firms in the U.S. making chocolate products worth almost $14.5 billion a year. Another 466 locations make nonchocolate confections with an annual value of nearly $6 billion. Across the country, there are more than 3,600 candy and nut stores to fill the demand for all forms of confections. In 2008, Americans consume an average of almost 24 pounds of candy a year, which cost about 60 dollars!


Number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2007. These establishments employed 38,794 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments with 143, followed by Pennsylvania with 115.
Source: County Business Patterns


Number of locations that produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2007. These establishments employed 18,250 people.
Source: County Business Patterns

$14.4 billion

Total value of shipments in 2007 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $5.6 billion industry.
Source: 2007 Economic Census


Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2007.
Source: County Business Patterns

23.8 pounds

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2008.
Source: Current Industrial Reports

60.4 Dollars

Per capita spending on candy by Americans in 2008.
Source: Current Industrial Reports

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Sui Zhang