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2021: State of the Snacks Industry

Wabash Ballroom

Sally Lyons-Wyatt, Executive Vice President & Practice Leader, IRI
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This session provides the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s perennial view of the snack category from a shopper, consumer and retailer perspective.

The Future of Cannabis & CBD in Confectionery Products

Room 104

Chris Walsh, CEO, Hemp Industry Daily; Tish Pahl, Esq., Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
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This session covers a regulatory update on the safety, federal and state laws, risks and rewards of entering the cannabis market and provides an overview of the market for CBD products, with a specific focus on edibles.

2021: State of Treating

Wabash Ballroom

Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal, 210 Analytics, LLC
━━━━━━━
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

Room 104

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 and snack industry.

Indulgence Never Tasted So Sweet: Sugar and Calorie Reduction in Confectionery and Baked Goods

Room 104

Beth Nieman Hacker, Director of Global Market Research, Tate & Lyle;
Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovation and Insight, Mintel; Lauren Jans, R&D and Innovation Manager, SmartSweets
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This session dives deep into sugar and calorie reduction trends and opportunities and explores the purchase impact of various claims and labeling. Attendees will also hear from SmartSweets R&D & Innovation Manager Lauren Jans on how SmartSweets, a fast-growing non-chocolate confectionery brand, drove category growth.

Considering Cannabis? What You Need to Know Before Entering the Industry

Wabash Ballroom

Nancy Whiteman, CEO, Wana Brands
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This session offers advice from the CEO of North America’s largest cannabis-infused edibles producer on building a cannabis brand and preparing a company for partnerships with the cannabis industry. Attendees will learn about the challenges in the industry, including licensing and regulations, and the necessary steps to build a cannabis brand when regular marketing channels and strategies are not an option.

Discovery Theater

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Claim to Fame: Positioning Snacks for Success in Post-Pandemic World

Discovery Theater

Jared Koerten, Head of Packaged Food at Euromonitor International
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This session will provide extensive insight into the global landscape for product claims in snacks, including a vantage point into prominent marketing claims for snacks across clean, ethical and dietary labels.

The Perfect Moment: Creating New Snacking & Treating Occasions

Discovery Theater

Joel Allen, SVP, Hy-Vee; Sarah Long, Chief Marketing Officer, Mars Wrigley U.S.; Jennifer Meyer, Regional Director Brand Partnerships, Instacart; Matthew Tice, Category Leadership Director, Mars Wrigley U.S.
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This session explores new occasions and moments, both everyday and seasonal, that are driving treating and snacking.

The Retailer’s Omni-Channel Journey

Discovery Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This session will detail the many challenges and decisions companies must make in management, finances, technology, merchandising and more to successfully enter the omni-channel world with examination of how this impacts product suppliers.

Taste of the Future: Rising Flavor Trends in Candy & Snacks

Discovery Theater

Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
━━━━━━━
This session explores recent flavor trends in the candy and snacks categories. We’ll look at how each generation reacts to flavor innovations and how manufacturers are marketing innovations to appeal to their respective demographic segments. We’ll also show how Covid-19 has impacted flavor choices with consumers this past year.

Confectionery’s Contributions to Emotional Wellbeing

Discovery Theater

Marcia Mogelonsky, Director of Insight, Mintel Food and Drink
━━━━━━━
Consumers are refocusing their attention on health and wellness, and confectionery’s role in supporting their emotional well-being has never been stronger thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This session, grounded in the latest research by Mintel, examines ways in which confectionery manufacturers should consider consumers’ needs and desires when marketing their products.

Driving Data-Driven Growth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Discovery Theater

Charles Guilbeau, Vice President of Consumer Understanding, Ferrero North America
━━━━━━━
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
━━━━━━━
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; Nancy Gallardo, Category Manager – Snacks, 7-Eleven; Todd Gean, Category Manager – Candy, Hy-Vee
━━━━━━━
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
━━━━━━━
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

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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
━━━━━━━
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.

What’s Next? Cannabis & Confectionery Trends

Discovery Theater

Chris Walsh, CEO, Hemp Industry Daily
━━━━━━━
This session provides an overview of the market for CBD products, with a specific focus on edibles, and explores sales data and estimates for CBD-infused candy and gum.

Alternative Confectionery Solutions for Varied Lifestyles

Discovery Theater

Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Director, Blommer Chocolate
━━━━━━━
This session will review new ingredient technologies, including methods for adding functional benefits to a product, reducing ingredients in a product and replacing mainstream ingredients.

The Shopping Experience: Now Tastier Than Ever

Discovery Theater

Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk marketing; Doug Van Andel, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, dvk marketing
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How can the confectionery industry make shopping for candy as fun as consuming it? This session will share actionable insights as attendees explore creative merchandising and brand activation in the candy category, as well as relevant examples outside the category that can be leveraged and applied.

Marketers Need a New Dimension in Consumer Targeting

Discovery Theater

Peter Picard, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Research, ‎Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide; Sonja Evans, Associate Director - Business Intelligence, ‎Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
━━━━━━━
This session will present key research-based findings and recommendations for how marketers can change the course of communications and show how the essential role of snacks and sweets differs by life stage; how marketers can successfully adapt communications to people in new situations; and where and when marketers can engage these audiences to support purchase.

2021: State of Treating

Discovery Theater

Larry Wilson, VP of Industry Affairs, National Confectioners Association
━━━━━━━
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.

Destination Retail

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How to Develop Creative Merchandising Solutions

Destination Retail Theater

Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk marketing; Doug Van Andel, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, dvk marketing
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This session will share actionable insights as attendees explore creative merchandising and brand activation in the candy category, as well as relevant examples outside the category that can be leveraged and applied.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

The Impact of Lighting on the Shopping Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Cam Cloeter, Founder, Impulse Marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will focus on how lighting can impact the shopper's mood, time in store, basket size, satisfaction and loyalty.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Destination Retail Theater

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Destination Retail Theater

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

How to Develop Creative Merchandising Solutions

Destination Retail Theater

Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk marketing; Doug Van Andel, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, dvk marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will share actionable insights as attendees explore creative merchandising and brand activation in the candy category, as well as relevant examples outside the category that can be leveraged and applied.

The Impact of Lighting on the Shopping Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Cam Cloeter, Founder, Impulse Marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will focus on how lighting can impact the shopper's mood, time in store, basket size, satisfaction and loyalty. Attendees will learn how retailers are using lighting to enhance both their shoppers’ experiences and their bottom lines.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

The Impact of Lighting on the Shopping Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Cam Cloeter, Founder, Impulse Marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will focus on how lighting can impact the shopper's mood, time in store, basket size, satisfaction and loyalty. Attendees will learn how retailers are using lighting to enhance both their shoppers’ experiences and their bottom lines.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

By Track:

Consumer & Shopper Trends | Retail & Category Trends | Business Disruption


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2021: State of the Snacks Industry

Wabash Ballroom

Sally Lyons-Wyatt, Executive Vice President & Practice Leader, IRI
━━━━━━━
This session provides the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s perennial view of the snack category from a shopper, consumer and retailer perspective.

Claim to Fame: Positioning Snacks for Success in Post-Pandemic World

Discovery Theater

Jared Koerten, Head of Packaged Food at Euromonitor International
━━━━━━━
This session will provide extensive insight into the global landscape for product claims in snacks, including a vantage point into prominent marketing claims for snacks across clean, ethical and dietary labels.

The Perfect Moment: Creating New Snacking & Treating Occasions

Discovery Theater

Joel Allen, SVP, Hy-Vee; Sarah Long, Chief Marketing Officer, Mars Wrigley U.S.; Jennifer Meyer, Regional Director Brand Partnerships, Instacart; Matthew Tice, Category Leadership Director, Mars Wrigley U.S.
━━━━━━━
This session explores new occasions and moments, both everyday and seasonal, that are driving treating and snacking.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

Taste of the Future: Rising Flavor Trends in Candy & Snacks

Discovery Theater

Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
━━━━━━━
This session explores recent flavor trends in the candy and snacks categories. We’ll look at how each generation reacts to flavor innovations and how manufacturers are marketing innovations to appeal to their respective demographic segments. We’ll also show how Covid-19 has impacted flavor choices with consumers this past year.

Confectionery’s Contributions to Emotional Wellbeing

Discovery Theater

Marcia Mogelonsky, Director of Insight, Mintel Food and Drink
━━━━━━━
Consumers are refocusing their attention on health and wellness, and confectionery’s role in supporting their emotional well-being has never been stronger thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. This session, grounded in the latest research by Mintel, examines ways in which confectionery manufacturers should consider consumers’ needs and desires when marketing their products.

2021: State of Treating

Wabash Ballroom

Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal, 210 Analytics, LLC
━━━━━━━
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.

Delivering Chocolate Experiences Today & Tomorrow

Discovery Theater

Laura Bergan, Director, Barry Callebaut Brand
━━━━━━━
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.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

Power Pitch: Get to Yes with the Retail Decision Maker

Discovery Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat; Nancy Gallardo, Category Manager – Snacks, 7-Eleven; Todd Gean, Category Manager – Candy, Hy-Vee
━━━━━━━
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.

Generational Snacking After COVID-19

Discovery Theater

Darren Seifer, Food and Beverage Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
━━━━━━━
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.

Alternative Confectionery Solutions for Varied Lifestyles

Discovery Theater

Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Director, Blommer Chocolate
━━━━━━━
This session will review new ingredient technologies, including methods for adding functional benefits to a product, reducing ingredients in a product and replacing mainstream ingredients.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

Marketers Need a New Dimension in Consumer Targeting

Discovery Theater

Peter Picard, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Research, ‎Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide; Sonja Evans, Associate Director - Business Intelligence, ‎Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
━━━━━━━
This session will present key research-based findings and recommendations for how marketers can change the course of communications and show how the essential role of snacks and sweets differs by life stage; how marketers can successfully adapt communications to people in new situations; and where and when marketers can engage these audiences to support purchase.

2021: State of Treating

Discovery Theater

Larry Wilson, VP of Industry Affairs, National Confectioners Association
━━━━━━━
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.

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Session Views Navigation

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How to Develop Creative Merchandising Solutions

Destination Retail Theater

Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk marketing; Doug Van Andel, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, dvk marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will share actionable insights as attendees explore creative merchandising and brand activation in the candy category, as well as relevant examples outside the category that can be leveraged and applied.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

The Impact of Lighting on the Shopping Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Cam Cloeter, Founder, Impulse Marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will focus on how lighting can impact the shopper's mood, time in store, basket size, satisfaction and loyalty.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Destination Retail Theater

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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.

Driving Data-Driven Growth During COVID-19 and Beyond

Discovery Theater

Charles Guilbeau, Vice President of Consumer Understanding, Ferrero North America
━━━━━━━
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.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Destination Retail Theater

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

How to Develop Creative Merchandising Solutions

Destination Retail Theater

Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk marketing; Doug Van Andel, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, dvk marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will share actionable insights as attendees explore creative merchandising and brand activation in the candy category, as well as relevant examples outside the category that can be leveraged and applied.

Connecting the Physical and Digital Shelves

Discovery Theater

Trish Mielke, Senior Manager of Holistic Captaincy, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
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.

The Impact of Lighting on the Shopping Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Cam Cloeter, Founder, Impulse Marketing
━━━━━━━
This session will focus on how lighting can impact the shopper's mood, time in store, basket size, satisfaction and loyalty. Attendees will learn how retailers are using lighting to enhance both their shoppers’ experiences and their bottom lines.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

‘Tis the Season to Be Online

Discovery Theater

Dan Sadler, Principal, Client Insights, IRI
━━━━━━━
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.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

Indulgence Never Tasted So Sweet: Sugar and Calorie Reduction in Confectionery and Baked Goods

Room 104

Beth Nieman Hacker, Director of Global Market Research, Tate & Lyle;
Lynn Dornblaser, Director of Innovation and Insight, Mintel; Lauren Jans, R&D and Innovation Manager, SmartSweets
━━━━━━━
This session dives deep into sugar and calorie reduction trends and opportunities and explores the purchase impact of various claims and labeling. Attendees will also hear from SmartSweets R&D & Innovation Manager Lauren Jans on how SmartSweets, a fast-growing non-chocolate confectionery brand, drove category growth.

Business Disruption

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The Future of Cannabis & CBD in Confectionery Products

Room 104

Chris Walsh, CEO, Hemp Industry Daily; Tish Pahl, Esq., Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC
━━━━━━━
This session covers a regulatory update on the safety, federal and state laws, risks and rewards of entering the cannabis market and provides an overview of the market for CBD products, with a specific focus on edibles.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
━━━━━━━
This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

The Retailer’s Omni-Channel Journey

Discovery Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
━━━━━━━
This session will detail the many challenges and decisions companies must make in management, finances, technology, merchandising and more to successfully enter the omni-channel world with examination of how this impacts product suppliers.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Journey Not a Destination

Room 104

Sarah Alter, President & CEO of Network of Executive Women; Natasha Miller Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Ferrara Candy Company
━━━━━━━
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 and snack industry.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
━━━━━━━
From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
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This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

The Future of PayPoints

Destination Retail Theater

Gina Peterson, Senior Manager of Retail Experience, The Hershey Company
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From evolving pay points to queueing strategies to cashier-less checkout, this session explores which investments in the front end are meeting shopper demands today and positioning stores for the future of retail.

What’s Next? Cannabis & Confectionery Trends

Discovery Theater

Chris Walsh, CEO, Hemp Industry Daily
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This session provides an overview of the market for CBD products, with a specific focus on edibles, and explores sales data and estimates for CBD-infused candy and gum.

Considering Cannabis? What You Need to Know Before Entering the Industry

Wabash Ballroom

Nancy Whiteman, CEO, Wana Brands
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This session offers advice from the CEO of North America’s largest cannabis-infused edibles producer on building a cannabis brand and preparing a company for partnerships with the cannabis industry. Attendees will learn about the challenges in the industry, including licensing and regulations, and the necessary steps to build a cannabis brand when regular marketing channels and strategies are not an option.

Optimize Your E-Commerce Strategies to New Consumer Behaviors

Destination Retail Theater

Liz Denworth, VP, Sales, MikMak
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This session will help confectionery brands tackle the changes in shopper behavior caused by this mass exodus to e-commerce and start to think about how to develop a strategy that's relevant for today's consumers.

The Future Store Experience

Destination Retail Theater

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, Morning News Beat
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This presentation will examine how technologies from 5G phones to virtual reality will enable smart shopping and smart stores like never before and build an entirely new shopping experience.