About the Event

May 22 – 24, 2018 | McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA

2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo


Who Attends?

Buyers, merchandisers, operations managers, executives and store owners from supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse clubs, mass and dollar merchants, drug stores, vending, wholesalers, theaters, specialty and department stores and many more. More than 18,000 qualified confectionery and snack professionals attend, with participation from 90 countries. Learn more >

Who Exhibits?

Companies from the largest multinational firms down to boutique and gourmet candy and snack exhibit. More than 800 companies display nearly meters of candy, chocolate, biscuits and snacks than at any other event.

Experience All The 2018 Expo has to offer…

Discover new products, companies, innovation and merchandising solutions by exploring thousands of new and exciting products from hundreds of exhibitors, nearly half of which feature snacks.

As a retailer or wholesaler, you are a top priority at the Sweets & Snacks Expo – experience the largest,  and fastest growing event  laser-focused entirely on the candy and snack categories.

With over 20 years of experience – we are the candy & snack experts.

  • Take advantage of the Discovery theater on our show floor and pre-show insights-driven sessions on the industry trends.
  • Visit Innovation Avenue in the Skyline Hall to discover up-and-coming companies introducing new products before they are on trend.
  • Be prepared before you navigate the show floor by visiting the taste-tested New Product Innovation Awards Winners as well as the New Product Showcase filled with hundreds of not-yet-released items.
  • Explore the fastest growing trends in premium, organic and gourmet at Expo’s Specialty Market. Occupying its largest footprint ever, as it has matured into a rich and creative resource, providing access to hundreds of candy and snack companies displaying an array of organic, free-from and sustainable products.
  • Connect with industry professionals from around the globe during the Industry Buzz Networking Reception just off the show floor.

Event Highlights


More than 800 companies from the largest multinational firms down to boutique and gourmet snack manufacturers exhibit


18,000 candy and snack professionals from 90 countries visit


Two halls and more than four acres of product innovation


22 data-driven learning sessions focusing on trends, retail technology, shopper engagement and state of the market for candy, snack and specialty segments

More New!

More than 320 new product award submissions across nine different categories resulting 45 panel recommended taste-tested items

Business efficiency

It’s where 90% of candy and 75% of snacks business gets done