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2021: State of Treating

Wabash Ballroom

Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal, 210 Analytics, LLC
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This session provides the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s perennial view of the candy category from shopper, consumer and retailer perspectives. Attendees will preview NCA's latest signature research, which will debut for the first time to Sweets & Snacks Expo attendees during this session.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Journey Not a Destination

Sarah Alter, President & CEO of Network of Executive Women; Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Ferrara Candy Company
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This session puts confectionery industry leaders in conversation on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion and will touch on the business case for DEI, the importance of allyship and the issues facing women, people of color and other diverse groups in the confectionery industry.

Driving Data-Driven Growth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Discovery Theater

Charles Guilbeau, Vice President of Consumer Understanding, Ferrero North America
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This session explores how to stay on top of quickly shifting consumer behaviors while preparing for a post-COVID world. Attendees will learn how to leverage Ferrero’s data-driven insights from the people who pioneered these strategies and will walk away with an understanding of the industry’s post-pandemic future.

Delivering Chocolate Experiences Today & Tomorrow

Discovery Theater

Laura Bergan, Director, Barry Callebaut Brand
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What are consumers looking for on the shelf? What experiences are affecting consumer purchase behavior with chocolate treats? Take a look at the future of chocolate alongside Barry Callebaut’s marketing team, which will present a preview of how chocolate will be reaching new consumer groups in the near future and how taste and sensory delight will stay front and center for all consumers.

Power Pitch: Get to Yes with the Retail Decision Maker

Discovery Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
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Back again for another season, this highly-engaging Shark Tank-style pitch session offers two companies the opportunity to present their product innovations to a panel of retail category decision makers.

Connecting the Physical and Digital Shelves

Discovery Theater

Trish Mielke, Senior Manager of Holistic Captaincy, The Hershey Company
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This session will outline how retailers and their trusted CPG partners can ensure the fundamentals of the path to purchase are in place across in-store and digital platforms with a goal to delight and satisfy each and every shopper.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Discovery Theater

Larry Levin, Executive Vice President, Market and Shopper Intelligence, IRI
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Holiday confectionery sales traditionally rely on brick-and-mortar sales, but as shoppers adopt new shopping habits, online opportunities are a “must-have” for manufacturers and retailers. This session explores the boundless online opportunities ahead for our industry’s manufacturers and retailers.

Generational Snacking After COVID-19

Discovery Theater

Darren Seifer, Food and Beverage Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
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Using the NPD Group’s proprietary modeling techniques, this session will analyze America’s generations, their penchant for candy and snacks and the underlying motivations that drive their consumption.

The Physical Store: New Realities, New Opportunities

Discovery Theater

Joe Lampertius, President, ChaseDesign
Peter Cloutier, Vice President of Growth & Strategic Partnerships, ChaseDesign
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This session outlines a new path to growth for physical stores by providing the convenience that shoppers need and delivering the inspiration, discovery, and delight shoppers want.