More Confectionery and Snack Buyers in more trade channels than any other U.S. show!
**The dates of the Sweets & Snack Expo are now May 8-10, 2012 which have changed from the previously planned May 22-24. This is in order to avoid conflict with the G8 Summit planned at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Attendees at the SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® represent $150 billion of worldwide buying power in the confectionery, snack and cookie categories. Discover thousands of new products from more than 550 exhibiting companies. Over 170 new confectionery and snack companies exhibited in 2011 with even bigger participation expected in 2012!
More than 14,000 industry professionals from nearly 70 countries visit the SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® each year. The EXPO, occupying more than 140,000 net square feet and hosting more than 550 exhibiting companies, is billed as the largest confectionery, cookie and snack event in the Americas.
Attendees are buyers, merchandisers, operations managers and store owners from all classes of trade including supermarkets, drug stores, vending, convenience stores, wholesalers, warehouse clubs, theaters, mass and dollar merchants, specialty and department stores. Importers, exporters, suppliers, distributors, brokers and media also attend, making the 2012 Sweets & Snack Expo the ‘must attend’ show of the year.
In 2012, attendees will not only see candy, chocolate and gum products, they will also have an opportunity to view hundreds of snack, nut and cookie products.
As a buyer customer, you are a top priority at the 2012 Sweets & Snack Expo. Not only do you get to enjoy all the sweets and snacks products, but you will also enjoy the following amenities available only to buyers.
-Thousands of new product launches featuring sweets and snacks. More than 3,000 snack and confectionery items are introduced each year in the U.S. alone, and the New Product Showcase boasts the largest variety of the latest items. Located just outside the exhibit hall, this showcase should be your first stop before navigating the Expo.
-More than 550 snack, cookie and confectionery exhibitors. The Sweets & Snack Expo features the world’s top manufacturers including the leading multi-national manufacturers and many other new exhibitors.
-The Buyers’ Club! Unparalleled networking opportunities. Visit the private Buyers’ Club to relax and recharge after checking out the exhibits. Open exclusively to registered attendees, this setting creates an opportunity to meet with co-workers and network with other buyers while enjoying complimentary food and beverage service.
-Internet and email connections right on the show floor.
The entire show floor and public spaces are a hot spot so you can stay up to date and connected! There will also be an internet cafe located in the center of the show.
-Private meeting facilities. Meeting facilities are available to facilitate better business relationships and connect with your most important contacts.
-The Gourmet Marketplace. Close to 100 gourmet companies exhibited at the Gourmet Marketplace in 2011 and even more are expected in 2012. Located on the exhibit floor, the Gourmet Marketplace features specialty confectionery and snack products including premium and gourmet as well as fortified, all natural and organic. Exclusive events in this area will at “The Taste of Gourmet” and they include chocolate artistry, tastings, samplings and pairings.
Learn about the hottest industry topics:
Keep ahead of the curve and learn from industry experts about a number of prevalent topics. Sessions are held before show hours to accommodate even the most hectic schedule.
2012 Sweets & Snack Expo is being held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, May 8-10.
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616