Keynote Sessions

Tuesday, May 19

What You'll Learn:  Issues impacting the industry, NCA’s strategic priorities; 2014 candy and snacking trends and opportunities; wellness in America: Demonstrating industry responsibility

The New NCA

John Downs will kickoff the NCA's Sweets and Snacks Expo with a presentation to attendees on NCA’s strategic vision and how it will advocate for the industry in the future.

John H. Downs, Jr., President & CEO
National Confectioners Association

The Right and Wrong Way to Address Obesity

David Freedman, renown journalist, has studied and published numerous articles on addressing the obesity issues in the USA on various fronts. John will be sharing his findings and recommendations on candy and snacks.

David Freedman, Contributing Editor
The Atlantic

Snacking and Treating: What We Learned that Will Surprise You

Join Larry Levin as he reviews the key consumer, shopper and retailer changes that are effecting the candy and snack world.

Larry Levin, Executive Vice President
IRI Worldwide


Wednesday, May 20

What You'll Learn:  Major industry trends affecting candy and snacks; actionable insights and solutions for addressing opportunities and issues

2015 Retailer Impact Forum
Hosted by: Mark Sansolo,

Topics Covered in 20 Minute Speed Sessions:

How will the economic shift to value effect shoppers at traditional and on-line retailers? 
Panel to Include Retailers and Industry Leaders 

In the year 2020, the split between millennial's will be equal. How should retailers and manufacturers address this major shift?
Panel to Include Retailers, Industry Leaders 

Led by: Tina Manikas, President

Health and wellness information to the shopper is the new cost of entry for the candy and snack industry. Find out how retailers are responding this new challenge.

Led by: Darren Seifer, Executive Director
Food & Beverage Industry Analyst

Thursday, May 21

What You'll Learn:  Insight on the Latest Issues in the News that can Affect Candy and Snacks

Unfiltered perspective on current events and global issues with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. 

O'Reilly will offer a hard-hitting, 'No-Spin' perspective on the nation's most important political and economic issues, and what our industry can do to address the changing environment.