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SATISFYING SWEETS & SNACKS
Many notable trends in the confectionary and snack categories were on display during this year’s
Sweet & Snacks Expo. BY LINDSEY WOJCIK
SWEET, SOUR, SAVORY and scores of other flavors tantalized the taste buds of attendees at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, which was
held at Chicago’s McCormick Place in May.
The show, which is hosted by the National
Confectioners Association, set an all-time
record in attendance as more than 17,000
industry professionals from more than 90
countries browsed exhibits from more than
750 companies that showcased candy, snacks
and other specialty items.
Innovation was the buzzword of the show as
many exhibitors unveiled new items to delight
and satisfy changing consumer needs in the
confectionary and snack categories. Trends in
flavor, texture, seasonal items and packaging,
among others, were evident on the show floor.
Here is an overview of some of the trends
and products that companies discussed with
attendees at the show:
CARL BUDDIG & CO.
“More consumers are snacking and seek more
protein and natural snack options,” said
Thomas Buddig, executive vice president of
Carl Buddig & Co., based in Homewood, Ill.
“Carl Buddig’s response to that demand is our
Old Wisconsin Natural Cuts.”
The natural hardwood-smoked gluten-
free snack bites, sticks and summer sausages
adhere to its “natural” name by contain-
ing no MSG, binders, fillers or extenders.
Additionally, they are free from nitrates, arti-
ficial ingredients and preservatives.
Six varieties of Natural Cuts are available:
6-ounce Beef Summer Sausage, 6-ounce
Original Summer Sausage, 6-ounce Beef Snack
Bites, 6-ounce Turkey Snack Bites, 6-ounce
Beef Snack Sticks and 6-ounce Turkey Snack
THE HERSHEY CO.
The Hershey Co. unveiled a range of innovation, including Brookside Tablet Bars,
Brookside Yogurt-Flavored Fruit and Nut
Bars and Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit and
Yogurt Bars. However, perhaps the most
notable—and most talked about—innovation
was the company’s Reese’s Pieces Peanut
The mash-up of Reese’s Peanut Butter
Cups and Reese’s Pieces Candies received the
Best in Show award during the Expo’s Most
Innovative New Product Award ceremony.
“We’re humbled and honored to win Best in
Show,” said Anna Lingeris, senior manager,
INLINE PLASTICS CORP.