The 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will be held May 8 – 10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The EXPO features more than 540 companies showcasing three and a half acres of confectionery and snack products at one time, in one place.
“Snack products coupled with confectionery items are the fastest-growing powerhouse in the grocery store,” says Tim Quinn, EXPO Chairman and VP of Trade Development for Mars Chocolate North America. “During this challenging economy, retailers are looking to the strength and staying power of candy and snacks to stabilize sales and increase profits. In 2011 alone, these categories accounted for 9 percent of all store sales and experienced a phenomenal 11 percent increase.”
NCA officials say that an early bird registration rate of $50 and a chance to win an iPad are available until March 30. After March 30 the registration rate increases to $100.
“Offering much more than just the show floor, the EXPO provides a myriad of other useful vehicles to help attendees discover innovation, gain insights, learn about effective merchandising vehicles, and connect face-to-face with other industry professionals,” adds Quinn. “We offer a complete suite of business tools that no other show can rival and word has gotten out; the 2011 EXPO grew to its largest size both in square footage and exhibitors in its 15-year history. We promise the newest, coolest, latest and greatest items and trends including nearly 150 new candy and snack exhibitors in 2012.”