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…
Kendell Asmuth, Senior Product Developer – Lolli & Pops, Inc.
“The Sweets and Snacks Expo brings me closer to every aspect of the industry including market trends, product innovation, and industry leaders. The expo presents a rare opportunity to meet with industry producers and experts in one place, allowing me to create products that are innovative and unique for the Lolli and Pops brand. ”
Sarah Bibbs, VP of Merchandising – Candy and Snacks, Eby-Brown Company LLC
“Sweets & Snacks Expo, provides me the opportunity to meet with the manufacturers decision makers. If my company has any opportunities, I will be able to present, discuss, and sometimes produce an answer, all because of the quality of attendees, Sweets & Snacks Expo generates.
Sweets & Snacks Expo, does a great job introducing new, innovative vendors and materials, all under one roof, for each category I represent.”
Ashley Borden, Director – Center Store – 7-Eleven
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is an excellent forum for me to identify new trends, such as flavor profiles and functional items. It’s also a great resource for discovering innovative products for our customer, who is ever changing, highly discerning and open to trying new things. The Expo is a wonderful opportunity for me to develop and strengthen the network of strong supplier partnerships which will continue to drive the success of my overall Confectionery and Snack businesses. ”
Carla Boyington, Senior Director – Supply Chain, Core-Mark International
“The NCA Sweet & Snacks Expo is far and away the premier sourcing event for Candy and Snacks. It is the only show that incorporates all classes of trade for these critical center store categories which offers a greater level of brand participation, consumer trends and category insights. The majority of new items that I will incorporate into our programs will be initiated at this show. ”
Michael Caporusso, Director, Marketing & Category Management, Core-Mark Internatioanl, 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.”
Jennifer Dilts, Senior Buyer, Confectionery and Snack, Dollar General
“The Sweets and Snacks allows me to find new products and potentially new suppliers to Dollar General. It also allows me to meet new professionals in the industry and as a networking event to make new connections with others in the industry. At the show, most vendors launch their new products/ideas and allows me to search out the new and exciting items that may be relevant to my business. Since I manage not only candy but also snacks, it allows me for a one stop show to see all the relevant products/suppliers. ”
Tim Erceg – Hy-Vee (Former category manager)
“The Sweets & Snacks Show is not just your Regular Everyday Show – It’s Buying – Engaging – Evolving – Educational – Trending – Exciting and Just Pure Fun. With hundreds of Suppliers World Wide and thousands of Candy and Snack items it truly is an outstanding event. How can you not enjoy being with your Best Friends in the Industry and enjoying what we truly love to do – Buy and Sell!”
Krisanne Flamini, Wawa, Inc. – Category Manager – Total Snacks, Confestions, Package Cake & Grocery
“Attending this show provides us the opportunity to find new products as well as new vendors to partner with to help bring exciting and new innovation to the categories. “
Carol Ghelarducci, Director of Sales & Marketing, First Source
“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is unlike any other show I attend. It not only provides an incredible group of manufacturers and distributors, but it brings so many buyers and business people together. From small retailers to major chains, this show gives me the opportunity to meet new “friends” and revisit with prior associates in the industry. A great way to stay on top of trends!”
Jim Hachtel, VP Strategic Insights, Eby-Brown Company LLC
“The Expo is always my favorite event of the year. Having the ability to meet with my retail customers and vendor partners during one event allows me to gather the data and insights I need to drive the performance we are looking for through our category management programs. There is no other event that provides the combination of products, people, education, and networking that is so vital to my success each year. So much is happening every year in Sweets and Snacks, and the only way to be ahead of the curve is to be at the Expo!”
Angel Hinojosa Hernandez – OXXO
“Sweets & Snacks Expo gives me a big opportunity to learn about industry trends in terms of innovation, category management and best practices of brands and retailers. But also the great experience to meet expert people of the industry in order to exchange ideas and business opportunities, always looking for the growth of the industry and the satisfaction of consumer needs in better way.”
Lauren Korowitz, Category Manager – Candy – 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 definitely a premiere event for my category and to be able to see all confection suppliers along with new items in one place over a few days is invaluable. The opportunity to connect and network with others (from customers to peers) in this industry makes this event a must attend!”
Vishal Madhu, President/CEO, Horizon Food Distributors
Cindy Maly, Sr. Category Manager – Candy & Snacks, Casey’s
“The sensory experience at the Sweets & Snacks Expo is like no other show I attend! The colors, sights, tastes, and fun branding represented at the Expo just draw you in from the moment you arrive. I am always excited to see what is being offered by the manufacturers that participate!
Candy and snacks are fun, happy, exciting products and they make my “work” time at the Expo fun, happy and exciting!”
Rachel Moyer, NE Candy Buyer, Costco Wholesale Corp.
Danielle Pelland, Sr. Buyer – Retail Food, Candy & Seasonal Candy – Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)
“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
“To be able to seek new, innovative manufacturers and items as well as see new items from existing manufacturers at one event with decision makers in attendance. The education sessions also keeps me updated on news and trends in the confections industry.”
Brian Rinker, Category Manager: Confections, Walgreen Co.
Tom Rosenberger, Sales Manager – Candy & Snacks – Sheetz, Inc.
“New item review, merchandising ideas, networking, trends, category information, seasonal items, speaking with sales and senior managers; All of this plus! Best show of the year for my arena.”
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!”
Christopher Scott, Candy Category Manager, The Kroger Co
“The Sweets and Snacks Expo is a great avenue for me to continue to develop relationships and explore new partnerships during this 3 day event. This industry and show is like no other!”