With the National Confectioners Associations’ (NCA) 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo well on its way this May 24th through the 26th in Chicago IL, the lineup of speakers is looking to shape up quite nicely. Executives from Information Resources, Inc., Geometry Global and Integer will all deliver presentations on the current state of snacking, and focus on what trends are shaping the future.
“In addition to the business done on the show floor, we want to provide Expo attendees with the latest insights they can use to make informed business decisions,” explained Barry Rosenbaum, Expo Chairman and President of Nassau Candy Distributors, Inc. in a statement. “With snacking clearly on the rise, we feel strongly that these category thought leaders will provide attendees with a unique learning experience.”
IRI’s Executive Vice President & Practice Leader, Sally Lyons Wyatt
Lyons Wyatt will use her client insights to present on the state of the snack industry, providing the latest research on segment growth and opportunity development. The NCA says that Lyons Wyatt is an authority on consumer eating and shopping trends, with more than 25 years of industry experience.
Geometry Global’s Director of Multicultural, John V. Burn
Burn will be examining how shifting demographics will impact shopping behavior over the next half decade, specifically its impact on the snacking category. Burn’s experience on multi-cultural snacking includes serving as Managing Director Brazil for SAB Miller in Latin America and General Manager for Travel Retail of Diageo.
The Integer Group’s Executive Vice President, Craig Elston
Elston will provide attendees with insights on how the growth of online purchasing can create opportunity for the candy and snack industry. Having spent a majority of his career in integrated strategy roles, Elston plans to share the latest online shopper research and explain how brands and retailers can capitalize on the latest trends.
The year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo will set an all-time record in volume of confectionery and snack products with more than 720 companies showcasing nearly four acres of product innovation, the association shares. The show floor will be expanded into a second hall, the new Skyline Hall, to accommodate the growing exhibitor base and plans to welcome more than 16,000 industry professionals from nearly 90 countries.
For more on the upcoming expo, keep checking in with DeliMarket News, and to see more information, visit sweetsandsnacks.com.