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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.

Sweet Success: How to Convert Shoppers into Sweet Snack Buyers

Discovery Theater

Caroline Bader, Vice President of Category Management, Ferrara Candy Company
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This session explores macro-shopping trends and shares Ferrara’s research on shopper conversion in the cookie aisle, including new research on shelving principles for cookies.

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.

Confectionery’s Contributions to Emotional Wellbeing

Discovery Theater

Marcia Mogelonsky, Director of Insight, Mintel Food and Drink
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This session, grounded in the latest research by industry leader Mintel, examines four proven "emotional need states" that confectionery manufacturers should consider when marketing their products to help them reach shoppers looking to support their emotional wellbeing.

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.

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.

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.

Alternative Confectionery Solutions for Varied Lifestyles

Discovery Theater

Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Director, Blommer Chocolate
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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.