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Sessions for week of June 21, 2021

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2021: State of the Snacks Industry
June 23 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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The Future of Cannabis & CBD in Confectionery Products
June 23 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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2021: State of Treating
June 24 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Journey Not a Destination
June 24 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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Indulgence Never Tasted So Sweet: Sugar and Calorie Reduction in Confectionery and Baked Goods
June 25 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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Considering CBD? What You Need to Know Before Entering the Industry
June 25 2021 at 8:15 am in 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.

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