ALAFAVE (AsociaciÃ³n Latinoamericana de Fabricantes de Velas) and NCA (National Candle Association) are gearing up for their second world candle congress in CancÃºn, Mexico, June 25-29, 2007. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s new in the candle world, gain new knowledge, business and network. There will be plenty of trade shows, buyers, suppliers and speakers attending.
The National Candle Association represents US suppliers and is widely recognized as the leading technical authority on candles and candle manufacturing. Shown here is a picture of a wedding basket, courtesy of NCA. Nearly three quarters of women surveyed from NCA stated that candles were present as a key element of their ceremony.
Membership in the NCA gives suppliers and manufacturers the opportunity to learn about new products and services. 90% of candle companies in the US are members of NCA and adhere to strict ASTM candle standards. They publish a directory of their members annually and include background information, plant locations, descriptions of products offered, and contact information. If you don’t want to spring for the printed directory, it appears most of the manufacturers and suppliers are listed on the NCA site.
I enjoyed reading their facts and figures on candles. According to their stats, US sales of candles are estimated at 2 billion annually and over 95% of the purchasers are women.