‘The growth trajectory of chocolate and candy over the last two years … is quite a story’

We meet in the executive lounge in the McCormick Place Conference Center, which the NCA has taken over for the week with the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 taking up almost four-and-half acres of floor space, which signifies the biggest confectionery show in the North America is back to almost full strength after two years … Read more

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 returns to Chicago for its 25th birthday party

Chris Gindlesperger, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) said attendance was almost back to 2019 levels when the expo was last held in Chicago. It missed a year in 2020 and then was held in a reduced capacity format in Indiana in 2021 because of the Covid-19 … Read more

Walking the floor to root out the top trends

This year, the mega trade show celebrates 25 years of innovation and trendsetting at Chicago’s McCormick Place from 23-26 May. “For 25 years, the Sweets & Snacks Expo has been the most significant driver of candy and snack flavor and product trends in North America, and 2022 is no different.”​ said John Downs, president & … Read more

Let’s talk BFY snacks and put paid to the disparaging ‘junk food’ tag

CN’s sister title, BakeryandSnacks​, has invited a panel of industry leaders to take to the podium on May 26 to examine the trend that impacts all areas when it comes to creating standout snacks. The free-to-attend webinar is tapping some of the best minds the sector has to offer to explore exactly what better-for-you (BFY) … Read more

Sweets & Snacks Expo announces full education programme for confectionery sector

The show’s new industry education programming will include industry-specific education sessions to give attendees the opportunity to learn from experts, thought-provoking industry panels and confectionery and snack leaders tackling critical issues like supply-chain disruption, revolutionary confectionery and snack product innovation, social media’s influence on purchasing habits and post-pandemic shopping trends. “The education sessions offered at … Read more

NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo to leave its Chicago home in 2023

The National Confectioners Association (NCA), the trade fair’s organisers, announced the news from Miami at this week’s State of the Industry Conference. Beginning in 2024, the Sweets & Snacks Expo will cycle through a rotation of two years at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, followed by one year at the Las Vegas Convention Center … Read more

European ‘FlavourDay’ features four new candies with pan-continent appeal

The Virtual FlavorDay was organized by the European Flavor Association (EFFA) and the main objective of the event was to explore the role of taste in food. Taste is often mentioned as one of the main drivers for consumer choices. And the event attempted to go a step further and think together about what that … Read more

US chocolate and candy sector in good health as sales soar over 11% in 2021

Released this week at the organisation’s State of the Industry Conference in Florida, the report is eagerly awaited by companies operating in the US market as it is the definitive source for confectionery category performance data and provides a deeper understanding of shifting consumer attitudes and behaviors in a disrupted marketplace. The report reveals that … Read more

US chocolate and candy sector in good health as sales soar over 11% in 2020

Released this week at the organisation’s State of the Industry Conference in Florida, the report is eagerly awaited by companies operating in the US market as it is the definitive source for confectionery category performance data and provides a deeper understanding of shifting consumer attitudes and behaviors in a disrupted marketplace. The report reveals that … Read more

Consumer demand for sustainably sourced products sees Fairtrade sales boom

Fairtrade said demand is also translating into sales, with the Co-op’s ‘Ethical Markets Report 2021’ noting that the UK ‘green pound’ has reached record levels, breaking through the £100bn mark for the first time. The organization’s own figures set out in its latest annual report show sales of Fairtrade cocoa grew by 3% and were … Read more