CHICAGO -- The role of candy in a healthful diet will be a recurrent theme at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, ranging from the show's a keynote session to tasting panel participation by dieticians. In addition, many of the exhibiting companies are planning introductions with health front-of-mind, through portion control packaging and simple ingredient sourcing, among other things.
Keynoting Sweets & Snacks Expo will be Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News, who will discuss the important elements of a sensible diet that incorporates candy and snacks in moderate amounts. She is recognized for developing the Treat Yourself Diet, which encourages consumers to engage in daily physical activity not only to reap the benefits of exercise, but also to allow for moderate consumption of sweet treats.
For the second year in a row, the expo's Most Innovative New Product Awards tasting panel will feature a registered supermarket dietician, joining candy and snack buyers from the top retailers in the U.S. and around the globe.
"Including a registered dietician's opinion on the latest crop of up-and-coming new products will keep the dialogue open between retailers, manufacturers and consumers about how candy and snacks fit into a healthy active lifestyle," commented Tim Quinn, vice-president of trade relations for Mars Chocolate North America and expo chairman.
The Sweets & Snacks Expo will take place from May 20 to 22 at Chicago's McCormick Place, bringing together more than 15,000 trade professionals from 90 countries. About 650 exhibitors have booked booth space.