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Schedule and Show Hours

Show Dates:    May 20-22, 2014

More confectionery and snack buyers in more trade channels than any other U.S. show!  Attendees at the Sweets & Snacks Expo represent $150 billion of worldwide buying power in the confectionery, snack and cookie categories. Discover thousands of new products from more than 600 exhibiting companies.

Monday, May 19

8 - 11 a.m. Most Innovative New Product Awards - products accepted (room 471) 

12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open

3:00 p.m. Taste Panel in session

Tuesday, May 20

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Registration

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. New Product Showcase – Vote for the Most Innovative New Product Awards (customer attendees only)

8:15 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Session: Jeremy Schaap, ESPN anchor/author: Learn About the Relationship Between Leadership and Motivation

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibit Hours

1:00 p.m.  Shopper Solutions Theater: Saatchi and Saatchi X - 5 Easy Steps to Maximize your Social Media at Retail

2:00 p.m.  Shopper Solutions Theater: Dietz Consulting - Leveraging Secondary Location in C-Stores to Drive Impulse Sales in the Aisle

2:15 p.m.  Shopper Solutions Theater: Industry Round Table

3:30 p.m.  Shopper Solutions Theater: POPAI - Driving Candy and Snack Sales with Mass Merchandisers

Wednesday, May 21

7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration

8:15 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Session: Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor: Hear how to Balance Healthy Lifestyles and Enjoyment; Most Innovative New Product Awards ceremony with Phil Lempert

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibit Hours

1:00 p.m. Shopper Solutions Theater: The Interger Group - Global Shopper Trends that will Impact Your Business

2:00 p.m. Shopper Solutions Theater: Saatchi and Saatchi X - What Motivates Shoppers?

3:00 p.m. Shopper Solutions Theater: SMP In-Store Marketing Solutions - How Merchandising can Inspire and Engage Your Shoppers

5 – 6 p.m. Industry Buzz Reception - McCormick Place West Main Concourse

Thursday, May 22

7 a.m. – 12 noon Registration

7:30 – 9 a.m. Keynote Session: Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos.com: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profit, Passion and Purpose

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exhibit Hours

10:00 a.m. Shopper Solutions Theater: NCA's Sweet Insights - E5 - Five Practical Principles for Maximizing Everyday Business


Chicago’s McCormick Place West Building
2301 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616 USA


Attendees are buyers, merchandisers, operations managers and store owners from all classes of trade including supermarkets, drug stores, vending, convenience stores, wholesalers, warehouse clubs, theaters, mass and dollar merchants, specialty, military, college and department stores.  Importers, exporters, suppliers, distributors, brokers and medial also attend, making the Sweets & Snacks Expo the “must attend” show of the year.