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Sweets & Snacks Expo announces panelists


The Sweets & Snacks Expo has announced the category and retail thought leaders who will help attendees discover the “Multicultural Opportunity in Treats and Snacks” during an education session at the event. The panel will discuss the latest insights related to key demographic segments that are driving the candy and snack categories.

The panelists include a mix of confectionery, retail and demographic experts. The featured panelists are:

  • Jim Dudlicek – Editorial Director, Progressive Grocer
  • Jeff Hancock – Sales and Marketing Manager, Jewel-Osco
  • Leslie Johnson – Assortment Manager – Snack, Wawa, Inc.
  • Don Longo – Editorial Director, Convenience Store News
  • Jaime Enrique Parra – Executive Director Multicultural/Hispanic Consulting, Winston Weber & Associates

“We’re thrilled to have such a high-caliber group of individuals join us in Chicago as we explore how the candy and snack categories are impacted by various demographic segments,” commented Barry Rosenbaum, Expo chair and president of Nassau Candy Distributors. “The content of this panel discussion, along with insights from more than 20 other educational sessions at the Expo, will drive category growth and provide shopper intelligence.”

The 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 22-24), held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will welcome more than 850 exhibitors and nearly 18,000 candy and snack professionals. In addition to the educational slate, retail attendees will be able to experience the New Product Showcase, Innovation Avenue and the Most Innovative New Product Awards while exploring the show floor.