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Innovative Creations Debut at 2011 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO®

Innovation Alley Spotlights Entrepreneurs with Most Creative Treats in One Hot Spot at the EXPO

Contact: Susan Whiteside
(202) 534-1440
susan.whiteside@CandyUSA.com

May 24, 2011

Chicago (May 24, 2011) -The 2011 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO®, the largest confectionery, cookie and snack show in the Americas, is the place to discover the newest sweet and savory treats shaping the industry. The EXPO, traditionally known to showcase hundreds of well-known, established confectionery and snack manufacturers, is also the place to find smaller-scale, family-owned startup companies with some of the country's most unique candy and snacks. For the first time, a special area of the show floor, Innovation Alley, will be dedicated to this group of businesses new to the EXPO and the industry, featuring the latest up-and-coming products.

A Taste of Innovation at the 2011 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO®:

  • Galaxy Confections, Inc. - GALAXIES are chocolate-covered malted milk balls, available in plain and peanut butter flavors. Fun facts about the universe appear on the reverse side of every package, lending an educational component to every treat.(Galaxy Confections, Inc., Booth 237C)
  • Granny Carol'sYummie Crunch - Granny Carol's Yummie Crunch is a hand-made, secret. Canadian-family recipe passed down through generations, featuring a combination of yogurt coating, secret crunch squares, peanuts and cranberries. (Granny Carol's Yummy Crunch, Booth 237H)
  • Jungell, Inc. -Angell Bars are Fair Trade-certified, organic candy bars. Available in Snow (white chocolate and coconut), Dark (vegan, dark chocolate and almonds), and Crisp (gluten-free, milk chocolate and rice).All bars have less than 200 calories and use only 5-7 simple ingredients.(Angell Bar [Jungell, Inc.], Booth 237J)
  • KIDSKAN - KIDSKAN makes 100 percent all-natural fruit candies and snacks, including Mexican regional candies, dehydrated fruit candies, spicy candies, preserves, and crystallized fruit. (KIDSKAN, Booth 237G)
  • LaPacos - Alpaca Jerky and Alpaca Old World Sticks are made with real alpaca meat and make the perfect anytime snack. Seasoned with spices like pepper, jalapeno or a hint of smoky flavor, these alpaca meats are tasty and nutritious treats.(LaPacos, Booth 237B)
  • My IdolpopsTM -My IdolpopsTM are artistic, hand-crafted lollipops in the image of beloved icons, including a line of Smurfs characters premiering at the EXPO. Available in more than 70 flavors ranging from classics like cherry and cotton candy to mocha cappuccino and champagne, My IdolpopsTM appeal to children and adults alike. The entire product - right down to the packaging - is Made in the USA. (My Idolpops, Booth 237A)
  • Scott's Gourmet Cookie Co. -OAT-alicious® is a novel and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free gourmet cookie. Available in two delectable flavors: OAT-alicious® ORIGINAL (butterscotch) and OAT-alicious® CINNAMON. OAT-alicious® - a tasty way to get your oats!TM (Scott's Gourmet Cookie Co., Booth 237I)
  • SMORSTiX - SMORBOX contains two individually wrapped s'mores ready for the microwave or traditional roasting over a fire. However you chose to make these s'mores, they are affordable and ready to go any time of year. Each s'more includes two graham crackers, one piece of premium chocolate and one marshmallow. (SMORSTIX, Booth 237E)
  • Sweet Asylum -Sweet Asylum is a sanctuary of treats specializing in sweet treats and snack mixes like Stix & Stones (smoky paprika peanuts with sesame and pretzel sticks), CIN-fully Tasty Almonds and Pecans (all-natural blend of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla roasted with fresh nuts) and Turtle Nests (chocolate, caramel and salted pecans on a nest of pretzels). (Sweet Asylum, Booth 237F)
  • Sweet Express -Sweet Express makes gourmet, hand-crafted, chocolate-covered, crispy rice treats on a stick. Perfect for any occasion, these chocolate covered treats are available in any imaginable shape and can be custom made to create the perfect gift. (Sweet Express, Booth 237D)

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About the National Confectioners Association (NCA)

The National Confectioners Association fosters industry growth by advancing the interests of the confectionery industry and its customers. Serving as the voice of the industry, the Association advocates for the needs of the industry before government bodies, helps the industry understand and implement food safety and other regulations, provides information to help members strengthen business in today's competitive environment and creates relationships between all sectors of the industry including manufacturers, brokers, trade customers, suppliers to the industry and our consumers.