An expanded Gourmet Marketplace occupyies a larger, more prominent area of the show floor, the Gourmet Marketplace has matured into a rich and creative resource at the EXPO by providing access to hundreds of candy and snack companies displaying one-of-a-kind upscale products.
The Retail Solution Center has become a popular attraction at the expo. This center is an area for retailers to source the latest fixtures, displays and services from the top names in the industry. For the fourth year in a row, the Magic of Merchandising Display Gallery, offers ideas and award-winning solutions that worked for other retailers.
Learning opportunities continue to play a major role at the 2012 expo. Keep ahead of the curve and learn from industry professionals as well as business experts on hot issues and opportunities within the confectionery and snack industries. The 2012 expo will offer morning sessions with well-known presenters including: NPD's leading food trends expert, Harry Balzer; political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin; business guru Dan Heath; and former CNBC economist Marci Rossell.
“Offering much more than just the show floor, the expo provides a myriad of other useful vehicles to help attendees discover innovation, gain insights, learn about effective merchandising vehicles, and connect face-to-face with other industry professionals,” noted Quinn. "We offer a complete suite of business tools that no other show can rival and word has gotten out; the 2011 expo grew to its largest size both in square footage and exhibitors in its 15-year history. We promise the newest, coolest, latest and greatest items and trends including nearly 150 new candy and snack exhibitors in 2012."