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Innovation Alley Press Release 2013


The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), is the largest confectionery, cookie and snack show in the Americas, featuring more than thousands of new candy and snack products. More than 600 companies will display their sweet and savory treats, and upwards of 150 businesses are making their candy and snack debut at the Expo, including smaller-scale, family-owned startup companies with some of the country’s most unique candy and snacks. 

For the third year, the Sweets & Snacks Expo features a designated section called Innovation Alley. This hot destination is dedicated to a group of these startup companies who are new to the industry and the Expo. Innovation Alley, located in a prominent area of the floor to better showcase participants’ uniquely creative products, highlights 16 entrepreneurs in the sweets and snacks industry.

A Taste of Innovation at the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo:

  • 5280 Chocolates is located in Denver, Co, the Mile High City. We specialize in providing fun and delicious gourmet chocolates and popcorn to wholesalers, grocers, corporations and also do private label. Our chocolates are handcrafted from the finest ingredients, using our proprietary recipes and our own artesian blend of chocolates created in our 15,000 sq. ft. chocolate factory. 5280 Chocolates: Booth 1198B
  • Bobi Bee Sweet Treat USA makes the world’s first happy-stomach, healthy-energy treat. Naturally sweet. 100% Healthy. Bobi Bee™ Manuka Honey Sweet Treat is the only treat in the world that doubles as a healthy energy treat and a healthy coffee/tea sweetener. It contains raw ORGANIC Manuka Honey, known for its powerful benefits. The Manuka Honey goes to work and continues working all the way down your gastrointestinal tract. It is caffeine and gluten free. (Bobi Bee Sweet Treat USA: Booth 1598A)
  • Tiddleywink Toffee is a new start up business showcasing traditional English Toffee: milk chocolate with walnuts. Tiddleywink Toffee has a thin buttery toffee base made with the highest quality ingredients slathered in the finest chocolates, milk or dark and premium toppings of walnuts, pretzels, or crushed peppermints. New product to be released soon: dark chocolate with crushed pistachios. We gladly take special request orders.  Tiddleywink Toffee was also  showcased in the Grammy Awards (February) and MTV Movie Awards gift nags (April) 2013. (Tiddleywink Toffee: Booth 1598B)
  • Pizza is 4 suckers is revolutionary-pizza flavored candy! Our hard candies are full of flavor but no sugar, sodium, potassium, gluten, fat or net carbs. They’re also kosher and use red #40. They come individually wrapped in 3 oz. bags – 30 pieces per bag. (One piece of pizza a day for a month!) Our trademarked slogan is, "It's not just a candy...It's a snack!"  Pizza 24-7! No mess. You are never too old or too young to eat a pizza! *Two flavors: Marinara & Zesty! Great story! (Pizza is 4 suckers: Booth 1598C)
  • Java Gum, a great-tasting gum available in peppermint and spearmint, fights drowsiness as effectively as a 10-oz. cup of coffee, but leaves breath minty-fresh. A single pack of gum (8 pieces) costs less than an eighth of the average cost of energy drinks and works up to five times faster. Each piece of Java Gum packs 65 milligrams of caffeine and is both sugar and gluten free. (Java Gum: Booth 1598D)
  • Chocolate Creations by Chara ensures gift-giving is always unique & memorable! I offer a cluster of chocolate gifts allowing you to give something extraordinary every time! The art of everything you see is hand-crafted and fashionably designed not only for the chocolate lover in you, but also for the art enthusiast! Allow me to give your taste buds a fashionable makeover; I look forward to your business! (Chocolate Creations by Chara: Booth 1598E)
  • Torie & Howard is a producer of USDA organic and kosher-certified hard candy. Available in four sophisticated dual-profile flavors of California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear and Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit and Tupelo Honey. Available individually wrapped in beautiful 2oz. pocket tins, a chic handbag-shaped gift box and 5lb bulk. Completely free of dairy/casein, wheat/gluten, nuts, soy, allergens, preservatives, artificial colors/dyes/ flavors and GMO’s! All natural satisfaction at only 12 calories each.(Torie and Howard: Booth 1598F)
  • Ardene' Cookies pre-made cookie dough flavors include Apple Carrot White Chip, Butterscotch Peanut Butter, Cherry Dark Chocolate Chip, Dark and White Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry Dark Chocolate Chip. Our cookie recipes include natural and organic products,100% whole wheat, whole grains, five kinds of spices and herbs, fruits and vegetables. (Ardene' Cookies: Booth 1598G)
  • Sprinkle It On has transformed the world wide loved ice cream cone into a stunning & delicious handmade confection! Our faux cakes are the eye catching finishing touch to your store display, dessert buffet or candy bar. Making year-round marketing exciting & easy! Perfect for airlines, theme parks, hotels, retail stores, cruise ships and event planners! Stop by for the scoop! (Sprinkle It On: Booth 1598H)
  • The Lovely Candy Company makes consciously-crafted candies that give you a great-tasting, smart indulgence, so you can stay in control of your health. Lovely Candies are always gluten-free, GMO-free and do not have any artificial ingredients. Items include all natural Chewy Caramels in Original and Chocolate Swirl, all natural Fruit Chews with real fruit pieces, and Organic Licorice. These are the perfect addition for any traditional or natural foods retailer especially those with a gluten-free section. Available in peggable and stand-up, re-sealable pouches for easy merchandising. (Lovely Candy: Booth 1598I)
  • Skeeter Snacks makes peanut and tree nut free snacks that taste awesome! This isn’t “allergy food” that tastes like cardboard and costs a fortune; we make delicious treats that happen to be safe for people dealing with tree nut and peanut (TPA) allergies. Our manufacturing process and supply chain follows a strict zero-tolerance “nut protocol”. Our goal is to make it fun and easy to be safe, and to deliver safety without sacrificing taste. (Skeeter Snacks: Booth 1598J)

The following companies will be exhibiting in Innovation Alley for the second time:

  • Sugar Plum Chocolates began in 1995 when Frann Edley started a candy business in Kingston, Pennsylvania, whose mission was to give the world a little sweetness, one bite at a time. For 18 years, the Edley family has offered quality and premium chocolate to its clients. We've expanded our line to offer our customers the same quality and service in different markets, including liquor nuts, gummies and flavored popcorns. Custom products are our specialty. Contact us today. (Sugar Plum Chocolates: Booth1198C)
  • Too Haute Cowgirls Popcorn Confections are hand-crafted in the Rockies. The signature, buttery toffee popcorn is drenched in the finest chocolate and uses the freshest ingredients to transform every cowgirl’s and cowboys’ favorite indulgence into a confectionery work of art. Created with the same care and artistry as truffle-making, each of their chocolate popcorns offer something for everyone: crunchy, creamy, rich, sweet and salty. Saddle up for popcorn like you’ve never tasted before. (Too Haute Cowgirls Popcorn Confections: Booth 1198D)
  • Wonder Food Company is a creator of unique organic, natural snack products made with wholesome ingredients that are minimally processed with the concept of sustainability and the focus on meeting the predicted demand for high quality and high value snacks that promote active lifestyles through healthy eating habits while supporting small and medium manufacturers. (Wonder Food Company: Booth 1198E)
  • Eatwhatever is a revolutionary breath freshener that consists of vegan gel caps and sugar-free mints. When swallaowed, the gel caps' organic oils dissolve in the somtach, providing fresh breath from within, as well as a calm stomach. The mint provides instant minty-ness in the mouth. (Jacquii LLC/Eatwhatever: Booth 1198F)