Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to blow out of Chicago with trending confectionery insights

By Anthony Myers

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The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023 runs from 23 to 25 May at McCormick Place, Chicago. Pic: NCA
The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023 runs from 23 to 25 May at McCormick Place, Chicago. Pic: NCA

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This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, the last to be held in Chicago, promises to be a celebration of the event’s long association with the ‘Windy City’ – as well as showcasing key trends impacting confectionery and snack category performance.

Key insights into the retail environment and consumer attitudes and behaviours will be a feature of the show’s newly announced education programming, organisers the National Confectioners Association has revealed.

Held from 22 to 25 May at McCormick Place, attendees will have more opportunities than ever before to learn about key trends with education programming throughout the show on three stages across the sprawling conference centre.

The Sweets & Snacks Expo offers an opportunity to stay ahead of the rapidly changing retail landscape through top-tier education sessions to gain insights, stay informed and get inspired​,” said John Downs, President and CEO of the NCA.

The education sessions are guided by thought leaders and professionals from across the industry with expertise in a wide range of topics, including flavour and product trends, merchandising and innovation strategies, sustainability and e-commerce. These sessions are designed to focus on relevant issues and opportunities facing our industry to help you grow your business​.”

Attendees will have approximately 40 education sessions to select from during the Sweets & Snacks Expo. A breakdown of the programming is as follows:

Eye-Opener Education

Kicking off before the show floor opens, these education sessions will feature insights for early risers looking to jumpstart learning and connections for the day.

Insights Stage

Attendees will find the latest data and insights on the confectionery and snack categories from industry thought leaders.

Innovation Stage

For attendees interested in the latest industry trends, the Innovation Stage will feature the latest and greatest confectionery and snack product innovations and more.

Inspiration Stage

With a focus on retail and shopper trends, attendees will learn how to manage the evolving front-end and checkout section of the store at the Inspiration Stage.

Beginning in 2024, the Sweets & Snacks Expo will cycle for two years at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, followed by one year at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas until 2032. For more information, and to register for this year’s event see website​.

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