I know I can count on the Sweets & Snacks Expo to find the latest snack innovation that will excite our guests. This year, I’m excited to judge the Most Innovative New Products Awards, particularly because this year’s awards will recognize the last two years of product innovation, ensuring I’ll return home with even more than my typical variety of new products and insights for the year ahead.  Brian Nuzum Category Manager, Snacks Casey's General Stores
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So many food and beverage trends start out in the confectionery and snacks categories, which is why this year’s in-person Sweets & Snacks Expo is so important. As a trend tracker and reporter in the food space, I am looking forward to seeing the new flavors, forms and innovations that will make their debut. The exhibitors who attend will set the stage for the post-pandemic marketplace.  Donna Berry Food Scientist and Editor Dairy & Food Communications, Inc.
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The Sweets & Snacks Expo has always been a place to actually do the business of buying and selling. For our company, it’s also how we stay sharp on retail trends, shopper insights and the like. The world is a different place now, and I know the Sweets & Snacks Expo has the connections and resources we need to keep up. We are thrilled be attending and for our company this will be the event that sets us monumentally closer to reaching what our new ‘normal’ will be.  Joe Donnelly, III President Trend Sales Inc.
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My goal is to provide our retailers and distributors with the best and most exciting candy and snack products available to grow top-line sales and profits. At the Sweets & Snacks Expo, I know I will find several exciting new products that will deliver success 2021 and beyond. As we venture down the path of the new norm, it’s especially important to stay on top of new products and innovations in the industry.   Steve Martinez Managing Partner The Performance Group
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The candy and snack consumer is always changing, and I know we can always find the latest innovation at the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Whether we’re on the hunt for better-for-you products or something to appeal to our socially conscious consumers, I’m confident I can find it on the floor of the Sweets & Snacks Expo.  Brian Rinker Director/Divisional Merchandise Manager: Snacking and Confections Walgreens
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The Sweets and Snacks show has always been the most productive trade event on my calendar. Having responsibility for Confections and Snacks, this Expo provides a comprehensive opportunity to engage with industry pros, review current and anticipated trends, and re-connect with old friends. I’m expecting to once again taste, touch, and view some great products which someday will satisfy the sweet and salty cravings of our Sheetz freakz. Anticipate seeing you in Indy. Tom Rosenberger Sales Manager: Confection and Snack Sheetz, Inc.
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The Sweets & Snacks Expo is a great opportunity to explore new vendors, up-and-coming products, research new trends, and get some face time with existing partners. Maverik is always looking to bring the latest quality products to its guests and the Expo offers a good forum for discovery. Lindy Smith Senior Directory, Category Management Maverick
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As a career broker, I know firsthand how critical relationships are to business building. While Zoom and Teams have filled the gap; there's no replacing an in-person meeting. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is by go-to for connecting with my retail and manufacturer partners and getting down to business. in talking with my customers, there is growing enthusiasm for being together again in Indananapolis. As for me, I'll be first in line at the show and I look forward to seeing you all there! Kathy Corcoran, Vice President, Premiere Specialty
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“At the Sweets & Snacks Expo, I can find all the latest products to serve my customers in one place. Nowhere else can you find all the latest innovative candy and snacks side by side, and as a judge during this year’s Most Innovative New Product Awards, I know I’ll have access to the leading product innovation I need to keep my shoppers happy during the year ahead.” Nancy Gallardo Category Manager, Snacks 7-Eleven
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We’re all in this together. If I had any doubts about the show’s safety, I wouldn’t be attending, but after visiting the facility and learning about the measures and protocols in place, I am ready to get back to business, as I’m sure many of my industry colleagues are as well.  Ed Seibolt Vice President, Sales and Business Development Fannie May Confections Brands
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Hostess Brands is looking forward to presenting live in Indianapolis this year! Our Voortman products have been named the “Official Cookie of the Sweets & Snacks Expo” and we can’t wait to share these delicious, feel good treats with everyone. The Sweets & Snacks Expo has always served as a great opportunity for Hostess Brands to meet with our valued customers and showcase our latest product innovations. We have many to share this year and look forward to seeing everyone at the show!  Scott Ward VP Sales Hostess Brands
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Health Experts:

It’s Safe To Resume Domestic Travel

“People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel … [and] do not need to self-quarantine.”

CDC Guidance, “Domestic Travel During COVID-19
April 2, 2021

Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors with Others Who are Vaccinated

“[This] recommendation [seeks] to balance … the impact on community transmission against the benefit of “getting back to some of the things that we love in life” for those who are inoculated.”

Rachel Wolensky, CDC Director
Washington Post
March 8, 2021

Steps Everyone Can Take to Make Large Gatherings Safer

“Wear a mask with two or more layers and stay at least 6 feet away from people who do live with you.”

CDC Guidance, “Large Gatherings
February 18, 2021

Government and Convention Center Officials:

Indianapolis to extend mask mandate, even as Indiana loosens restrictions

“The greater Indianapolis area will not lift its mask mandate nor remove capacity restrictions until health officials in Marion County call for an end to the public health order brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis
Press conference
March 25, 2021

ICC Invests Millions into Safety Upgrades

“We’ve taken this pandemic very seriously and been proactive in putting $7 million in new health and safety upgrades into the Indiana Convention Center. That, in turn, has helped give confidence in meeting planners. We’ve had more than 30 events in the last half of 2020 convene in person in a safe environment in Indianapolis.”

Chris Gahl, Senior Vice President of Visit Indy
Inside Indiana Business
January 6, 2021