WASHINGTON, June 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, June 3rd. Among the assorted observances in June is one that will be welcomed by a great part of the U.S. population — especially youngsters. It's National Candy Month, although Americans consume about 22 pounds of candy year-round, much of it is chocolate. There are about 1,360 domestic firms making chocolate and cocoa products worth $16 billion a year. Another 493 locations make nonchocolate confections selling $10 billion a year. Together, there are more than 61,000 Americans employed in manufacturing sweets and treats. There are some 3,200 specialty shops across the nation selling nuts and candy confections. Over 2.2 million metric tons of chocolate are imported annually to satisfy America's sweet tooth. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Candy Month/accessed 3/30/2017: http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/june.htm
Candy consumption/accessed 3/30/2017: www.lifeintheusa.com/food/chocolate.htm
Manufacturers of chocolate and cocoa products, employment and revenue: www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2017/cb17-ff02.html
Candy & Nut stores/NAIC 445292: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~445292
Chocolate imports (metric tons)/accessed 3/30/2017: https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/DataFiles/53736/cocoa2_1_.xlsx?v=42312
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau