Sweets & Snacks closes Chicago with a record-breaking show

While the move to Indianapolis next year may be a bittersweet inflection for some of the brands that have been established over the years, those ConfectioneryNews spoke to said they hope to embrace a new era and build on the success of last quarter. of a century.

And the Expo left Chicago with a bang after organizers, the National Confectioners Association (NCA), announced a record 18,000 registrants this year.

The Expo also attracted 800 exhibitors, 250 exhibiting for the first time, and the 200 international exhibitors included a delegation from Ukraine, who received support from the US government to come and display their confections.


Christopher Gindlesperger, NCA’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, said the city has been a key component to the trade show and an opportunity to see the latest innovations and developments in the candy and snack scene.

He said the Expo has a waiting list of more than 100 companies and highlighted great examples of collaboration/brand mashups like the innovation of Stuffed Puffs S’mores, a young company that has experienced incredible growth since its debut in 2012.

Gindlesperger said that sweets and snacks are an affordable indulgence and that businesses continue to show resilience in the face of recent global events such as war, pandemics and economic downturns.

The improvement was evident this year at the Expo, with a renewed sense of optimism clearly detectable not only from exhibitors and attendees, but also from NCA’s vendors, brokers and event team.