Having not even finished the National Restaurant and BAR Show, I am adventuring into my third show of the week. The Snacks and Sweets Expo. Not a hard one to end the week with, that is for sure!
This was my first experience with this particular food show so I wanted to get an idea what I was going to see and what brands were there. This show definitely gives you a feeling of fun and enjoyment when you walk through the aisles. Very clever designs when it comes to displays, packaging and themes. When you first walk in, you see museum looking displays of dresses and bags made out of candy and wrappers.
Here are few of the brands to give you an idea of what the booths look like:
Products that appeal to kids will always be in demand:
Note that most marshmallows are made with gelatin, an animal product, so Dandies Vegan Marshmallows give everyone a chance to enjoy their hot chocolate with marshmallows in it now! Plus, they are delicious! (Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, Vanilla, 10 Ounce)
As I walked this show talking with the exhibitors, there were a number of themes that I began to notice :
1) There was a focus on finding healthier snacks and sweets for children that included fruits, nuts and yes, chocolate. Packaging plays a big part in this agenda too. Here is a clever idea:
2) Remember the “got milk” campaign from years ago? Well, they are sharing a new initiative on ways to incorporate more dairy in to our diets:
(got milk? Soft and Chewy Granola Bar, Blueberry with Greek Yogurt, 12 Count
3) If I ever wondered about “jerky”, then this show taught me how truly popular it is. There were varieties of all different meats, seasonings and packaging. (Perky Jerky All-Natural Ultra Premium Tender Turkey Jerky, 1-Ounce Bag, 12-Pack)
4) Even if we want a sweet or snack, we still want to make smart (smarter) choices. So, brands are helping us with that:
(Nature’s bakery Whole Wheat Bars, 30 twin packs 3.75 Pound (Snak StashTM Mahalo MunchTM Snacks 12/7oz)
5) Another observation is the number of snacks that offered portion control listing calories and special mentions (ie. gluten-free, protein focused) on the front of the package. See above photo.
6) If you love licorice like I do, then finding out there is now a Gluten-Free option for those who have not been able to enjoy it previously, makes for a happy day.
(Licorice Candy Bundle- Three Items- Yumearth Organic Pops, Sour Worms, Plus Mini Licorice Allsorts)
While many brands are U.S. based, there was a showing from outside the country:
As you can imagine, this is a very fun show to be a part of. While the brands are there to promote their products, they definitely know how to have a good time. Here are a few examples:
The 2015 Sweets and Snacks Expo was an informative show on the direction that brands are going after listening to their consumers and when adventuring into new territory to introduce their customers too. I enjoyed this experience as it taught me another way to look at how we reach our audience continuing to surprise and excite them with a wealth of delicious treats.
Thanks for stopping by!
I think all those snack food outfits are so cool! I don’t think I’d wear them, but I’m glad other people are!
Oh my gosh I would have been in so much trouble. Its making my sweet tooth have cravings just looking at it.
I think I am in the wrong blogging world! I would have LOVED this trip! I need to get myself into one of these conferences! WOW it looks good and there is a lot of great options!
Oh man, I so need to venture into a different part of the blogging world! LOL! This looks absolutely amazing! Can you tell I suffer from a crazy sweet tooth? lol!
Holy Moly!! This looks like it was a great expo!! I would love the opportunity to go to something like this one day!!
I had not heard of this expo!! I love going to expos like this it is so much fun to see new products and learn as well!
What an awesome expo! I would definitely have a great time there! 🙂 That licorice!
All of these sweets look like a cavity waiting to happen and I LOVE IT! I have had a major sweet tooth lately and love seeing all this yumminess. It looks like you had an amazing experience at this expo! I would love to have an opportunity like this some day.
What a fun post. I love that outfit with candy so cool. Would love to have gone to this expo.
I like that the vendors were making an honest effort to have healthy snacks for kids. I hope that more vendors will start making more efforts to make things healthier for kids.
This sounds like a fun event too. I hope that you enjoyed it.
I’ve never been to a food show, but it definitely looks like my kind of place! I’d love looking at all the cool displays (especially the stuff made out of wrappers) and of course, enjoying samples!
I would love to have gone. What an awesome experience. That expo sounds like a great time. Love food events like this.
This looks like a terrific show to go to. I love sweets. I will have to see if there will be a show like this in my area.
This is awesome! I wish I could have gone there. That must have been an amazing experience. What everyone did with their products is so amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to an expo event, but haven’t been able to yet.
that star wars jelly bean picture is quite impressive. Who knew there is a sweets and snacks expo! I want to go!
I have never attended an event like this. It looks so much fun! I wish I can go to something like this!
Eeeek I love attending expos, you always find interesting products. I would go crazy in here. I have a sweet tooth.
Wow! So fun! I can definitely end the week with some snacks and sweets!! My sister loves beef jerky.
If we live nearby to where that event took place, I would surely go check it out. I love going to expos!
That place looks like pure heaven to me! I don’t know if I’d ever want to leave! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
This looks like it was a great expo!! I would love to go to something like this one day!! Love your pictures!
That’s like a candy lover’s dream come true! I would have loved to attend an event like this one in my area!