SWEET SNACKS PREVIEWMore than 17,000 attendees will gather to focus on trends, shopper engagement and the state of the market for candy, snack and specialty segments. By Bianca Herron

At the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo – the industry’s premier candy- and snack-buying event – providing insight for retailers and wholesalers is the top priority.

During the three-day event held May 23 – 25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, more than 17,000 confectionary and snack professionals from 90 countries will gather to focus on trends, retail technology, shopper engagement and the state of the market for candy, snack and specialty segments.   

Hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), this year at the Sweets & Snacks Expo attendees can check out several educational learning sessions not only before, but also during the show, such as:

State of the Industry – These pre-show briefs focus on the candy, snack and specialty sectors. Attendees will learn from the nation’s most sought-after strategists and category specialists on topics that will help them succeed each morning before the show opens;

Small Business Innovator Award - Designed to recognize companies with net sales of $500,000 and under so incubating companies just starting in the industry have a chance to gain recognition along with well-established companies;

Destination Retail – Retailers can get hands-on with technology and merchandising to shape the way they engage with shoppers; and

Specialty Market – See nearly 200 companies displaying the latest in premium, and natural and organic.

The Sweets & Snacks Expo will also showcase more than 160 new exhibitors, with a total of nearly 800 companies, including McKee Foods, maker of Little Debbie snacks, and Clif Bar.  

“We know brands like Little Debbie and Clif Bar have options when it comes to choosing which shows to exhibit at,” National Confectioners Association Vice President of Industry Affairs Larry Wilson said in a statement. “We are honored that they recognize the value the Sweets & Snacks Expo will offer each of their established businesses as they look to gain even greater penetration across all core channels in the marketplace.”

Chef Rodriguez and Rachael Ray at SOBEWFF Burger Bash

Satiate your taste buds in Miami Beach this year at the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Sixteen years, $24 million dollars and more than 90 events continue to attract foodies to Miami Beach every February for five days for the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF). With so much excitement surrounding the festival and events to attend, an extra day was added this past year to accommodate festival fans’ need for more.

“We’ve created a robust program of events for the festival’s 16th year,” says Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director who also serves as senior vice president, communications & corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “With an array of dinners, tastings, seminars and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year’s festival.”

Signature events return as the festival kicks-off with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Alex Guarnaschelli. The famous Burger Bash goes into its 11th year evolving into the Heineken Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray. Last February’s Amstel Light Burger Bash included fireworks and an 850-pound cake in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Fan-favorites will also return to Miami Beach this year, including Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kids Kitchen, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini and the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America.

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FN PLATFORM is promising big names and even bigger surprises at the February 2017 show.

By Leslie Gallin, President Footwear, UBM

With more than 1,600 men’s, women’s, juniors' and children’s footwear brands from 20-plus countries expected on the FN PLATFORM show floor, February 2017 is anticipated to be their best market yet.

Known as the global showcase for branded footwear, FN PLATFORM’s international presence has grown to represent 250 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, including top brands from Italy, France, Britain, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and more.

This February, FN PLATFORM is especially focused on meeting consumer demand to find inspiring products on store shelves. The show will provide retailers new and amazing brands to discover at the show. One example is Lacoste’s FN PLATFORM debut with an enticing custom booth experience and, for the first time ever, France will have a dedicated area to showcase ADC, an elite group of French footwear brands.

With an incredible turnout of new brands, FN PLATFORM is aiming to expand upon this important trend by showcasing new exhibitors in pre-show, as well as highlighting them on the show floor.

0007ShowFloor 1154Licensing Expo continues to bring retailers and licensees together as the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated to licensing and brand extension. 

Licensing Expo is the world’s largest and most influential annual trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension.Licensing Expo is owned and organized by UBM Americas and sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). The Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on May 23 to 25.

For 37 years, Licensing Expo has connected the worlds' most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers.  This show is the meeting place for the global licensing industry where brands and products come together to explore and cement licensing partnerships. The 2016 show featured 5,000+ brands and 489 exhibiting companies across 240,000-square-feet of exhibition space with 218 new exhibitors. This year will likely be the biggest show yet.


The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show will see a renewed focus, driven by design and innovation, as it shows more than 62,000 attendees the latest housewares and home goods.

By Phil Brandl, President and CEO of IHA

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, the world’s largest marketplace of housewares and home goods, will be held March 18 to 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex. With more than 2,200 suppliers from more than 45 countries and 62,000 total attendees, the Show is the one event you need to attend to find the unique and distinctive products to make your business successful. It is owned and operated by the not-for-profit International Housewares Association.

 “It’s smART” will be the show’s theme, which will show attendees “where art intersects with engineering and technology informs design.” The housewares industry is driven by design and innovation – the ‘ART’ in smart. This idea will be very visible with the show’s emphasis on the smart home and connected products through educational offerings and the new IHA Smart Home Pavilion in the Hall of Global Innovation. The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is already part of our every-day lives and is growing rapidly.  Thus, the future is exciting for the smart home with several trends emerging in cooking technology, healthy eating, safety, convenience and voice control.  The IHA Smart Home pavilion will feature current and upcoming product suppliers and developers displaying products that demonstrate the future of our industry.

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