Sweets and Snacks
If there’s one place that online shopping has lagged grocery in the instant gratification department, it’s at point-of-purchase. But in a presentation at Sweets and Snacks in Chicago, experts from Mars Wrigley and Meijer unwrapped strategies for manufacturers and retailers to make confectionery seem even sweeter as part of a digital shopping journey.
Perfect Snax’ Snack Pop and Vintage Italia’s Pasta Snacks announced a merger leading into the highly anticipated Chicago-based Sweets & Snacks Expo, the annual trade show featuring top packaged desert, candy and snacks brands.
When it comes to snacks, consumers want meats, sweets and salt — preferably with a better-for-you label. In a presentation last week at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, SPINS and UNFI reviewed trends driving natural and specialty candy and snacks, segments that comprise a 19% share of dollar volume and 42.8% share of dollar gains in the overall snacking industry.
Calbee North America has announced great news for potato snack lovers! Their new Spudkins Fry Cuts will debut at The Sweets & Snacks Expo on May 21- 23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Attendees are invited to visit Booth #151 to sample Spudkins in three crowd-pleasing flavors: Honey Barbeque, Yellow Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion.
34 Degrees, creator of deliciously light and crunchy entertaining crackers, 34 Degrees Crisps, will debut a new single-serve size bag of its snackable Sweet Crisps at the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Delightfully sweet like a cookie yet airy and crisp like a cracker, the new single-serve Sweet Crisps will be available in both Vanilla and Sweet Lemon flavors.
Say hello to the Almond Five Star Bar, the newest member of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ best-selling Five Star Bar line. This new bar is the ultimate treat for almond lovers with smooth almond butter surrounding roasted almonds and crispy quinoa, all wrapped in dark chocolate.
In a presentation last week at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, Emily Mescher, managing director of Harris Insights, emphasized the need for manufacturers and retailers to build brand equity by innovating around evolving consumer needs and emerging shopping channels in response to shifts in brand loyalty.
A month after the fruit bar maker was hit with a lawsuit centered around its clean label branding, the company is sporting a new look that more zealously embraces the same characteristics it was sued for.
Last week, the NOSH team trekked through a real-life Candy Land during the 20th annual Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, Illinois, in search of the latest trends in treats– and now they’re sharing their findings with the BevNET podcast.
At this year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, Illinois, Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover and Ferrara Candy Company highlighted their new pledge to educate consumers about the portions and calorie counts of their treats. The five-year plan, led by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), recognizes that while candy is “always a treat,” sweets can still fit into a healthy lifestyle.