We’ve asked our Awards Evaluation Panel to share why Sweets & Snacks Expo stands out from other events and has become their must-attend destination every year…
Sarah Bibbs, VP of Merchandising – Candy and Snacks, Eby-Brown Company LLC
“The Sweets and Snack Expo gives me the opportunity to see and plan for the future innovations and trends. It provides a venue for collaboration with key members from the largest vendors in the category, along with new smaller companies just emerging. I can talk about priority initiatives with the big guys and search for just the right niche product, all in the same spot. It is the perfect one stop shop.”
Ashley Borden, Director – Sr. Product Director – 7-Eleven, Inc.
“I look forward to the Sweets & Snacks Expo every year because it is an invaluable resource for identifying the latest trends and discovering innovative products for our ever-changing customer that is always looking to try something new and exciting. The Expo provides me with a unique opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with suppliers that will help me continue to drive the success of my overall Confectionery and Snack businesses.”
Michael Caporusso, Director, Marketing & Category Management, Core-Mark International, Inc.
“As a first time attendee of the NCA Sweet & Snacks Expo, I am excited to network with industry leaders, identify trend forward innovative products, and gain insights that will drive incremental category growth.”
Bob Craigmyle, Regional Category Manager – Seasonal Candy – Kroger Co.
“Attending the Expo allows me to see and taste the newest innovations and meet with companies that I otherwise do not deal with on a daily basis. In the past, I have discovered items and accepted into my seasonal business and look forward to this year’s event and finding new items.”
Brendan Crampton, Category Director – Real Canadian Wholesale Club
“As a first time attendee of the NCA Sweets & Snacks expo, I am looking forward to building relationships with both new and existing vendors. I am also looking to find the latest and greatest items which I can add to my assortment.”
Jennifer Dilts, Senior Buyer Candy, Snacks, and BFY – Dollar General
“Sweets and Snacks to me is the “one” show of the year you must attend to understand new innovation, trends, collaborating with current vendors as well as meeting new ones. The show also provides education insights of the world of candy and snacks along with great networking opportunities.”
Krisanne Flamini, Category Manager – Total Snacks, Confections & Packaged Cake – Wawa
“The Sweet and Snacks Expo is the best show for anyone who manages the snacking category! It allows you to discover new innovation, new vendor partners and provides great networking opportunities. ”
Todd Gean, Category Manager – Candy – Hy-Vee. Inc.
“The Sweets & Snacks Show is the most amazing opportunity to see the top suppliers in the world in confections. The show floor is action packed with the best the industry has to offer with new trends, innovation and the best people in the world. This is by far the most important show of the year. Because of its excitement and fun-filled atmosphere, it’s also the event that I look forward to attending each and every year.”
Carol Ghelarducci, National Customer Marketing Director, First-Source
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is a great event that allows me to accomplish 2 major things: First – work directly with customers by walking the show to visit vendors to select product…. and second – meet with vendors one on one to stay on top of items and trends. Both of these help me in my role at First Source to provide customers with product they are most interested and excited about and gather information that will be used in the future for catalog creation and promotions.”
Jim Hachtel, VP Strategic Insights, Eby-Brown Company LLC
“The Expo helps me accomplish my goals every year in many important ways. It is the best way for me to connect with my customers, manufacturer partners, broker partners, industry peers, and confectionary leadership. This allows me to learn about industry trends, new items, new ways of merchandising, and new ways of connecting with customers of all ages and demographics. This information is key to success not only for me in my role, but for the Eby-Brown customers I serve that count on our category management services to help them grow their sales and profits every year. Simply stated, the Sweets and Snacks Expo is the best event of its kind that I attend each year without exception!”
Lauren Korowitz, Category Manager – RaceTrac
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is truly a unique experience and one that I look forward to every year! The Expo helps us discover new innovation, connect with manufacturers, and learn about what is happening in the industry all in a fun environment. ”
Hope LaGrone, Product Director – McLane Company
“This is the premiere event for the confection category and sets the stage for discovering new items/suppliers, trends, and innovations in confections & snacking. It is great to spend time with peers, customers and suppliers and gain insight from their view, and find ways to continue to grow the confection category.”
Stefania A. Lozinski, Buyer – Candy – Meijer
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is truly an enjoyable experience! This event allows the opportunity to discover new innovation, connect with various suppliers, manufacturers and the vendor community, while being educated on product trends. Additionally, the Expo allows the rare opportunity to network with peers and connect with various levels of leadership throughout the confection industry. This show is not one to miss! ”
Cindy Maly, Sr. Category Manager – Candy & Snacks, Casey’s
“The magnitude of Candy & Snack product offerings is amazing! Attending the Sweets & Snacks Expo is an efficient way to see many products in a short time span. I see suppliers and product offerings I wouldn’t see anywhere else. It also helps me to see what new innovation, flavors, and trends may be coming. This is THE show that is most relevant to my category management responsibilities!”
Rachel Moyer, NE Candy Buyer, Costco
“Most of my key vendors are all under one roof for severatl days! All of the key decision makers for each vendor are there to participate in the buying/selling/creative process and able to make high-level decisions to fast track product to market.”
Stephanie Panzetta, Category Manager – Weis Markets
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo gives me an opportunity to see new items and trends in the industry, as well as new merchandising ideas for our stores and new vendors to partner with.”
Ankit Patel, Director, Merchandising – Boxed.com
“It’s one of the best events of the year that help us with product discovery, understanding key trends, seasonal outlooks, and wiring with new and existing suppliers.”
Danielle Pelland, Retail Food Senior Buyer for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange)
“I attend the Sweets & Snack Expo to look for trendy and innovative products that will add fun and excitement to our stores. I also focus on learning more about the industry and network with attendees to stimulate new creative ideas I could implement in our organization.”
Terry Rafferty, Director Category Management, KeHE
“Sweets and Snacks allows me to seek trending new brands and items as well as collaborate with existing suppliers in an exuberant environment that truly shows the passion of the confections industry.”
Brian Rinker, Category Manager: Confections, Walgreen Co.
Debbie S. Robins, President, Century Distributors
“I consider my active enrollment in the NCA, and attending Sweets & Snacks Expo to be my best investment in the success of building relationships, teaching and pushing Century and my personal growth. Meeting and connecting with peers, competitors, and with liked minded people through industry events allowed me to learn from their experiences which has enriched who Century is today. ”
Tom Rosenberger, Sales Manager, Confection and Snacks – Sheetz Inc.
“Having responsibility for both Candy and Snacks at Sheetz, Sweets and Snacks Expo is THE Show of the year for me. One marketplace with three days to review new and innovative products, meet suppliers old and new, share thoughts and opportunities, and gain insights to capitalize on upcoming trends.”
Jeff Rubin, Founder & CEO, IT’SUGAR
“The Sweets and Snacks Expo is the most important 3 days of the year for anyone in the confectionery industry. I get to see so many new and innovative products that I don’t always get to see through traditional vendor meetings in our corporate office. It is also a great chance to meet with many corporate executives from the industry from both the manufacturing side to the retail buying side. Would not miss it for all the gummy bears in the world!”