ARLINGTON, Va. — After postponing its largest event of the year in March just as the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, SNAC International, an international trade association for the snack industry, is again rescheduling its SNAXPO 2020 trade show and convention.
The biennial event, originally scheduled for March 22-24, was first pushed back a year to March 28-30, 2021. The association has now rescheduled the convention to Aug. 22-24 in Charlotte, N.C.
“We are pleased to announce the return of SNAXPO,” said Elizabeth Avery, president and CEO of SNAC International. “Industry executives consistently tell us this is one of the most important events on their calendar, and it was sorely missed this year. So, we have developed a plan to bring the snack industry together, safely, in-person to help its companies and its leaders develop the products, marketing strategies and supply chain solutions that help them win with consumers.”
SNAXPO is devoted exclusively to the international snack industry, featuring a two-day expo-style exhibit floor full of equipment, packaging, ingredients, seasonings, private-label manufacturing and all other products and services related to producing and marketing traditional and innovative snacks. Because of the social nature of the event, SNAC and its members are dedicated to holding the event in-person later in the year, rather than pursue virtual options.
Because attendee safety is SNAC International’s top priority, the plan to hold SNAXPO 2021 was developed in close consultation with local and state public health officials, the group said, and the event will comply with all relevant public health requirements in place at that time.
“We are optimistic that the public health landscape will look very different in August vs. March of 2021. Accordingly, our plan is to deliver a safe, meaningful and valuable SNAXPO event,” Avery said. “As our planning continues, we will be vigilant in monitoring the public health situation and adjust accordingly to deliver on that promise.”
Arlington, Va.-based SNAC International (formerly the Snack Food Association) represents more than 400 companies worldwide, including suppliers, marketers and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.snacintl.org.