McLEAN, Va. -- In 1997 per capita consumption of confectionery products reached a record 27.3 pounds per person in the United States. These figures were released late last month by the National Confectioners Association here and its sister agency, the Chocolate Manufacturers Association. NCA reports that the per capita figure translates into a 1.5% increase in consumption per person. According to the Department of Commerce, the average American now consumes 12.1 pounds of chocolate candy, ...

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