- Keynote sessions featured well-known names including Duke University’s Coach K about the value of leadership and teamwork, as well as Pulitzer-prizing-winning columnist George Will’s assessment of how politics affect your business. Leon Nicholas of Kantar Retail discussed the future of the confectionery and snack industry while Dina Howell, worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi X, provided inside tips on how to connect with shoppers through proven retail strategies.
- The sold-out gourmet marketplace nearly doubled in size over the past 3 years, anchored by an enhanced ‘taste of gourmet’ area showcasing artisans conducting upscale pairings and demonstrations throughout the show.
- For the third year in a row, innovation alley featured a handful of candy- and snack-related startup companies who ended the show with solid contacts that will jump start their foray into the industry and onto retailer’s shelves.
- A park-like concourse adorned with trees and music featured market shops including a fashion kiosk with custom-made dresses from iconic candy wrappers and several candy- and snack-themed jewelry and accessory stores.
“The expo is a proven destination that 96 percent of past retailers surveyed recognize as a solid business value. They have told us that it is the most efficient one-stop destination they need each year to keep on top of the trends and innovations. We promise the industry to continue to over-deliver in 2014 on the entire expo experience that has led to a four year growth track record,” Graham concluded.