International Presence Surges at 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo

International Presence Surges at 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo

WASHINGTON – More than 125 companies from outside of the United States will exhibit at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo, making this year’s show the largest for international exhibitors. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association from May 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2017 Expo will be the center of the treating and snacking world as it welcomes more than 750 exhibitors.

Products from more than 25 different countries will be on display at McCormick Place, including eight international pavilions. A new pavilion from Quebec, Canada will be making its Sweets & Snacks Expo debut. Returning international pavilions include ABICAB and ABIMAPI, both from Brazil, plus China, Germany, Mexico, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

“Our International presence continues to grow each year as Expo strives to offer a truly travel-worthy business value that allows visitors to discover the most new candy and snack products, learn about emerging trends and connect with peers,” commented Barry Rosenbaum, Expo chairman and president of Nassau Candy Distributors, Inc. “We understand busy schedules which why this year, attendees can choose from pre-show “eye openers” exploring State of the Market  trends in candy, snacks and specialty as well as 30 minute knowledge-building labs happening live on the show floor.”

The Expo will continue to host the International Welcome Lounge, where translators and representatives can answer questions, offer concierge services and assist in making visitors comfortable and productive during their visit.

Other special amenities for international attendees include a global overview of the state of the candy and snacks industry, a customized floor plan highlighting export-friendly companies, a guided retail store tour and the new product showcase.

The Expo continues to be uniquely positioned in presenting the newest products from around the globe, featuring a number of products from companies exhibiting for the first time including Aalst Chocolate Pte. Ltd. from Singapore, Au’some Europe S.L. and Grefusa from Spain, Kabaya Foods Corporation from Japan, Mokate SA from Poland, NYL Foods Ltd. from Israel, Pran Exports Ltd. from Bangladesh, Tecnica Mexicana De Alimentacion S.A. De C.V. from Mexico, Torto Food Industries (M) SDN BHD from Malaysia, and West East International Ltd. from Turkey. Learn more at

# # #

About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates $42 billion in retail sales each year. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate, candy, gum and mints are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. The industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states and supports an additional 635,000 jobs in related fields. The U.S. confectionery industry has made a commitment to increasing transparency, providing more portion guidance options and educating consumers about the role of confectionery in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Sweets & Snacks Expo
Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo is the confectionery and snack industry’s most successful, world class event. It is unrivaled in new product launches, business building solutions and innovations in merchandising. Nearly 17,000 qualified professionals attend with global presence from 90 countries. More than 760 companies displaying more than 4 acres of candy and snack products participate in the Expo. The event is held each May at Chicago’s McCormick Place.