Tropical Flavors, Smaller Pack Sizes Top Trends At Upcoming Sweets & Snacks Expo

Washington — Smaller pack sizes and tropical flavors are among the trends that will be on display at the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo, according to NCA, which organizes the event.

Overall, the Association identified the following trends expected at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo::

  • Smaller pack sizes: More companies continue to develop smaller pack sizes containing 200 calories or less, empowering consumers to make informed choices. 
  • Tropical flavors: This year, tropical flavors are taking center stage with a focus on pineapple and coconut.
  • Mix and match: Candy and snack manufacturers are bringing consumers the best of both worlds by combining sweet, salty, fruity, tangy and tart in unique new options.   
  • Spice it up: Today’s spicy snacks feature flavors like chili, sriracha, jalapeño and habanero. 

Products representing these trends and more will be on display on the Sweets & Snacks Expo show floor and in the show’s Destination Retail, which showcases ideas for driving excitement around the four big confectionery sales seasons, as well as National Candy Month and other incremental sales opportunities.

“The Sweets & Snacks Expo is where the top candy and snack companies showcase their newest products, and this year is even more important as we get back to business,” John Downs, president & CEO of the NCA, says.  “While consumer purchasing habits may have shifted to meet the new environment, manufacturers are exceeding expectations with new products, flavors and innovations.”