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The sold-out 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, slated for May 24–26 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, promises to be the most successful in the event’s 19-year history. Sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based National Confectioners Association, the show will set an all-time record in volume of confectionery and snack products, with more than 720 companies displaying almost 4 acres of innovative items, while more than 16,000 industry professionals from nearly 90 countries are expected to attend.
The show floor this time around has expanded to a second venue: the new Skyline Hall, located across the concourse on the same level as the West Hall, where the event has been held in years past, will accommodate not only the growing exhibitor base, but also the latest emerging industry trends, including a larger “Innovation Avenue.”
The new hall will additionally feature a second knowledge center specializing in tracks on snacking, specialty, consumer and shopping trends, and serve as the venue for the Most Innovative New Product Awards showcase and ceremony, enabling visitors to view the top 45 new items tipped as best-sellers by the expo’s taste panel.
“Each year, the show continues to evolve and shatter existing records,” noted Barry Rosenbaum, expo chairman and president of Hicksville, N.Y.-based Nassau Candy Distributors Inc., in March. “Candy, cookies and snacks are a $438 billion industry worldwide, and the expo has become the proven destination for category professionals to gain the best access to the products, people and insights needed to grow their business.”