Sweets & Snacks closes Chicago with a record show

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

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

The Expo also attracted 800 exhibitors, including 250 first-time exhibitors, and among the 200 international exhibitors was a delegation from Ukraine, which was supported by the US government to come and display its garments.


Christopher Gindlesperger, senior vice president of public affairs and communications for the NCA, said the city was a key part of the show and an opportunity to see the latest innovations and what’s new in the candy and snack scene.

He said the Expo had a waiting list of over 100 companies and highlighted great examples of collaboration/mashups from brands like innovation Stuffed Puffs S’mores, a start-up that has seen a incredible growth since its inception in 2012.

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

The uplift was evident this year at Expo, with a surge of optimism clearly detectable not only from exhibitors and attendees, but also from suppliers, brokers and the NCA events team.

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