CHICAGO — Ten emerging snack and candy brands will pitch to a panel of retailers at the Sweets & Snacks Expo May 22-25 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
The event will include two ‘5X5’ sessions, each with a 5 minute presentation from 5 startups. Attendees can learn about new innovations and hear feedback and tips from buyers and category managers.
Participants in the 5X5 Confectionery are:
sugar freeKeto Friendly Pecan Nut Clusters
heavenly snackPremium Toffee
moussesugar-free cotton candy
smoothlow-calorie meringue bites
Participants for the 5X5 Snack are:
insanely wholesomedates with peanut butter
Cloverdale Foodsmeat stick
Rivalsdelicious stuffed snacks
abby is betterpeanut free nut butter bites
Pochisu Suite Designs,Coconut cookie
Back at the Sweets & Snacks EXPO, Startup Street is a designated area for businesses up to 3 years old. Startup Street exhibitors will receive entries to the Most Innovative New Product Awards, a spot in the featured product showcase, a listing in the directory, and discounted exhibit space. Concepts on display include wine-infused chocolates, cauliflower puff snacks, barbecue-smoked potatoes and corn chips, and globally inspired sour gummy candies.
More than 800 exhibitors are expected to attend the event, nearly 250 of which are first-time attendees, according to the National Confectionery Association, which hosts the event each year.
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