WASHINGTON — The Sweets & Snacks Expo is excited to announce that it is now accepting submissions for the ‘Most Innovative New Product Award’ through May 28, 2021. This is one of the most competitive awards that recognize the most innovative candy and snack products during the past year.

“The Sweets & Snacks Expo attracts the top talent in the candy and snack categories, and the Most Innovative New Product Award highlights those achievements,” John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. “In a year when innovation has been essential, I’m excited to see the next group of products that continues to push our show and the candy and snack categories forward.”

The submitted products will be judged by retail and category thought-leaders representing 85% of the categories’ buying power. The awards typically attract more than 300 entries and recognize 55 products in 11 categories—all of which will be displayed at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

The Most Innovative New Products Awards presentation and keynote will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 5 p.m. in the Indiana Convention Center’s Wabash Ballroom. For more information on this award, please visit the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo website.

Additionally, the first-ever Supplier Showcase will take place on Tuesday, June 22. The showcase will offer a face-to-face marketplace dedicated to helping confectionery and snack suppliers connect with potential and existing customers.

“Our supplier network is critically important to the candy and snack categories, and this unique opportunity to spotlight suppliers is another reason why the Sweets & Snacks Expo experience is so important,” Downs said. “We take pride in convening all aspects of the candy and snack industry, and this showcase is a great way to make meaningful connections.”

The Supplier Showcase is co-located with the Sweets & Snacks Expo and is a one-day exhibition showcasing packaging, ingredient, equipment and business service suppliers. To register for Supplier Showcase and the Sweets & Snacks Expo, please visit our registration page.

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About Sweets & Snacks Expo
The Sweets & Snacks Expo is the premier event for the confectionery and snack industries. Featuring new product launches, business-building solutions and merchandising innovations, this annual trade show brings together qualified candy and snack retail professionals and company representatives who showcase the latest in candy and snack products. The event is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association. Learn more at SweetsAndSnacks.com.

About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $37 billion in retail sales each year. Making chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and work to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.