Taking place May 21-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo sponsored by the National Confectioners Association is one of the confectionery and snack industry’s biggest events. 18,000 professionals from around the globe will attend and more than 850 companies will display more than 4 acres of candy and snack products.

Now in its 23rd year, the Expo is a top destination for learning about new trends and innovations in the industry. In addition to learning directly from exhibitors, attendees can also attend more than 25 data-driven education sessions led by industry thought leaders.

“The Sweets & Snacks Expo provides the opportunity for retail success stories, both for products from new companies and new products from established companies,” says John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association. “We are thrilled to see many returning exhibitors, as well as welcome hundreds of new exhibitors attending their first Expo.”

Debuting at the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo is a completely redesigned Destination Retail. This new space features the latest in front-end merchandising, new candy and snacks shopping occasions, and merchandising solutions to transform the candy and snack buying experience.

Other features of the show include:

  • New Product Showcase – More than 300 new products with the potential to become 2019’s best sellers are highlighted.
  • Specialty Market – Candy and snack makers display the latest innovations in super premium and artisan, gluten-free, organic, and more.
  • Most Innovative New Product Awards – The awards program showcases the most innovative ideas, concepts, and products in candy and snacks judged by retail and category thought leaders.