Snacks & Candy

Sweets & Snacks Expo Unveils Plans Through 2032

Convention to be hosted in Indianapolis and Las Vegas for next 10 years
Sweets & Snacks Expo
Photograph courtesy of the Sweets & Snacks Expo

AVENTURA, Fla. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) revealed that its Sweets & Snacks Expo will be hosted in a cycle of two years at the Indiana Convention Center and one year at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the next 10 years, beginning in 2024. McCormick Place in Chicago will host the 2022 and 2023 Sweets and Snacks Expos.

The Sweets & Snacks Expo, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, showcases trends and innovations to snack retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. In 2022, the show is expected to generate $21 million for the city of Chicago.

Indianapolis and Las Vegas are the right fit to meet the growing demand for our show and enable it to continue providing the innovation, insights and connections that the candy and snacks industries want and need,” said John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “This decision is all about the show's future, and it was driven by our exhibitor and attendee community, for our exhibitor and attendee community.”

The NCA Board of Trustees and the Sweets & Snacks Expo Committee, chaired by Ed Seibolt, Ferrero/Fannie May Confections vice president of sales and business development, made the relocation decision after the group moved the convention to Indianapolis in 2021 because of the pandemic.

“We saw great success in Indianapolis during the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo, with many attendees expressing a desire to return,” said Seibolt. “Similarly, Las Vegas is an international destination with the facilities and attractions to help the Sweets & Snacks Expo continue to scale. I believe all parties will benefit tremendously from everything our new host cities have to offer.”

The shows will continue to be held in May. The schedule for the next decade of shows is below.

  • 2022: McCormick Place in Chicago
  • 2023: McCormick Place in Chicago
  • 2024: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2025: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2026: Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas
  • 2027: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2028: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2029: Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas
  • 2030: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2031: Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
  • 2032: Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas

The Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the NCA, features new product launches, business-building solutions and merchandising innovations. The annual trade show brings together qualified candy and snack retail professionals and company representatives who showcase the latest in candy and snack products.

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