The 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo opened yesterday (23 May), as it kicks off its 26th year as the showcase for innovation in the confectionery and snack industries.
Over the coming four days, attendees will have the opportunity to discover cutting-edge confectionery and snack innovation, gain actionable insights through education sessions led by the top minds in the industry, and make meaningful industry connections with the thousands of professionals in attendance.
2023 marks the final time the show will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago before the show moves onto new host cities. Beginning in 2024, the Sweets & Snacks Expo will cycle through a rotation of two years in Indianapolis followed by one year in Las Vegas until 2032.
“This year is an important inflection point for the Sweets & Snacks Expo, as it is the show’s final year in Chicago,” said John Downs, President and CEO of the National Confectioners Association and Sweets & Snacks Expo host organisation. “For more than 25 years, we have worked in collaboration with the city of Chicago to build and host the world’s premier candy and snack show. The value that the Sweets & Snacks Expo brings to confectionery and snack companies is incredibly important and it contributes in a major way to the success of these two great categories.”
Summarising this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo highlights, it contains almost 250 new exhibitors totalling more than 800 exhibitors in total, expects 16,000 attendees and will bring approximately US$21 million to Chicago.
Attendees will get a first look at the latest candy and snack products, including those driving these key trends such as brand collaborations, flavour mashups, social media friendly interactive treats and all about options.
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