The Sweets & Snacks Expo’s annual awards celebration honoring innovative ideas, people and products celebrates the best of the confectionery and snack industries. The Most Innovative New Product Awards, the Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation, the Candy Dish Awards and the Woman of Influence Award will all be presented 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 East Wacker Drive during this exciting kickoff to the show. Doors open for a networking cocktail reception at 5:15 p.m. .
Most Innovative New Product Awards & Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation
The Most Innovative New Product Awards Sponsored by IRi recognize 55 new products in 11 categories spanning the confectionery and snack industries. The winners are selected from more than 300 submitted products by retail and category thought leaders representing 85% of the confectionery and snack categories’ buying power. Learn more about the MINPA process.
Interested in submitting your product for a Most Innovative New Product Award? Learn more.
The Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation is given annually to recognize a breakthrough innovation from the National Confectioner Association’s supplier member community that advances the confectionery industry and significantly improves the ability of confectioners to manufacture, distribute, market and/or sell chocolate and candy. A panel of NCA manufacturing member companies reviews the applications and selects the award recipient each year. View past recipients of the Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation.
The panel of MINPA judges nominates five items in each of the 12 segments:
- Gourmet/Premium – Candy
- Gum & Mints
- Novelty/Licensed – Candy & Snacks
- Seasonal – Candy & Snacks
- Salty Snacks
- Sweet Snacks
- Meat Snacks
- Savory Snacks
- Gourmet/Premium – Snacks
- Small Business Innovator
Golden Candy Dish Award
Founded in 1961, the Golden Candy Dish Award is presented annually to a confectionery broker who has performed above the normal call of business to promote the confectionery industry. View past recipients of the Golden Candy Dish Award.
Silver Candy Dish Award
Founded in 1989, the Silver Candy Dish Award is presented annually to a manager in the sales, marketing, or general management position of a confectionery manufacturer or marketer who has made significant contributions to selling candy. View past recipients of the Silver Candy Dish Award.
The NCA Woman of Influence Award
Created in 2021, the National Confectioners Association’s Woman of Influence Award is given to a woman in the confectionery industry who has performed above and beyond the call of duty in service of the industry. The recipient of this award is selected by the National Confectioners Association’s Women’s Leadership Group, and the inaugural award will be presented at the Sweets & Snack Expo.
Confectionery Leadership Awards
The Confectionery Leadership Awards honor top retail or wholesale buyers, category managers and executives on an industry-wide level for their effective business collaboration, category management and innovations in merchandising confectionery products. The National Confectioners Association, in collaboration with Candy & Snack TODAY, created the award in 2011 to recognize and honor the confectionery industry’s best and most innovative category champions and leaders. Award recipients will participate in the judging panel at next year’s Most Innovative New Product Awards. View past recipients of the Confectionery Leadership Awards.