The 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) runs from May 24 to 26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 550 companies will debut their sweet and savory treats, and upwards of 160 businesses are displaying candy and snacks for the first time at the Expo.
The expo features a "Gourmet Marketplace." Gourmet, all-natural and organic products are among the fastest-growing packaged food categories. This exclusive venue features more than 100 exhibitors showcasing some of the hottest candy and snack products around, along with three days of demonstrations, tastings and pairings in the "Taste of Gourmet" experience area.
There will also be a new product showcase.
This year's new destination, Innovation Alley, is dedicated to a group of startup companies who are new to the industry and the Expo. Located in a prominent area of the floor to better showcase their uniquely creative products, this venue highlights the entrepreneurs of the sweets and snacks industry.