WASHINGTON — The National Confectioners Association is moving its annual Sweets & Snacks Expo to Indianapolis.
The association announced it will host the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo June 22-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, moving from Chicago for the first time in the show’s history.
The 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo will continue to offer attendees the opportunity to discover new confectionery and snack products, insights and access to industry and retail personnel, the group said. Many features of the show, including Destination Retail and industry awards, will remain a part of the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo, and some features originally scheduled to debut at the 2020 show will be unveiled in Indianapolis, including the Most Innovative New Product Awards Reception and the Supplier Showcase. The 2020 show, originally scheduled for May 19-21 in Chicago, was cancelled in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Next year’s show will introduce new safety precautions and reimagine events to prioritize attendee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After much discussion with our stakeholders in the candy and snack industries and careful consideration of our options, we’ve seen strong support for an in-person event,” NCA President and CEO John Downs said. “We want to balance the safety and welfare of our attendees with their desire to conduct in-person business and therefore have decided to move forward with a show that exceeds expectations and makes every effort to keep our attendees safe.”
The environment is changing rapidly as the pandemic evolves, and NCA is committed to working closely with state and local officials to ensure that the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo is a safe event for all attendees, he said.
Booth sales for the 2021 show will open shortly, the Washington-based association said, and attendee registration will open January 2021.