A second hall has been added to the 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo layout, as the event has expanded beyond the constraints of its traditional venue.
The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 24-26 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, will mark the largest, most successful Expo in the event’s 19 year history. The event, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has expanded to a second hall in order to accommodate the addition of confectionery and snack exhibitors.
The event has already sold out. A waitlist has been started for those who still would like to register.
The 2016 Expo will set an all-time record in volume of confectionery and snack products with more than 720 companies showcasing nearly four acres of product innovation. The show floor expanded into a second hall, the new Skyline Hall, to accommodate the growing exhibitor base and plans to welcome more than 16,000 industry professionals from nearly 90 countries.
Located across the concourse on the same level as the current West hall, the Skyline Hall will feature not only more companies, but also the latest emerging industry trends, including the expanded “Innovation Avenue.”
In addition, the new hall will contain a second knowledge center specializing in tracks on snacking, specialty trends as well as the newest consumer and shopping trends. The Most Innovative New Product Awards showcase and ceremony will also be located in the new hall, where visitors can view the top 45 new items deemed to become best sellers by the Expo’s expert Taste Panel.
“Each year, the show continues to evolve and shatter existing records. 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,” said Barry Rosenbaum, Expo chairman and president of Nassau Candy Distributors Inc.
For more reasons than ever before, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the one place more confectionery and snack retailers and manufacturers come together to get inspired, make connections, find new best sellers and return to their office with unparalleled value for time well spent.