Washington – Starting your own candy or snack company takes more than just a great idea. Making the right connections is the key to breaking into the highly competitive and innovative confectionery & snack industries. To help shine a light on the companies making waves within these industries, the 25th annual Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 23-26 in Chicago’s McCormick Place) will feature a curated selection of innovative business owners who started their confectionery or snack business within the last three years through Startup Street.

The Sweets & Snacks Expo is the premier business-to-business event for the confectionery and snack industries. Open only to those in the sweets and snacks trade, the show is unrivaled in new product launches, business-building solutions and innovations in merchandising.

“Starting a new business is always challenging, but deciding to start one during the last three years is even harder. We are proud to showcase these new confectionery and snack companies as they make their debut at the 2022 Sweets & Snacks Expo,” John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. “This show continues to push the envelope on trends and new products, and these startups are a perfect example of why this show is so valuable to our attendees and exhibitors. I look forward to having these companies join us for the next 25 years of the Sweets & Snacks Expo.”

As part of their participation in the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s Startup Street, participating confectionery and snack startup companies can connect with the supplier community at the Supplier Showcase and enter into the Most Innovative New Product Awards and include a product in the Featured Products Showcase.

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About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates $37.5 billion in retail sales each year. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate, candy, gum and mints are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. The industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states and supports an additional 635,000 jobs in related fields. The U.S. confectionery industry has made a commitment to increasing transparency, providing more portion guidance options and educating consumers about the role of confectionery in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.