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Sweets & Snacks Expo cancelled


April 3, 2020
By Naomi Szeben


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The Sweets & Snacks Expo, originally scheduled for May 18-21, 2020, in Chicago, has been canceled. The National Confectioners Association mentioned in a press release that they were “extremely disappointed,” but stated that the health and welfare of the community is their top priority. However, there will be virtual, distance learning sessions available.

The information for attendees to be refunded or apply it as existing credit for next year’s show are as follows:

“As part of our Sweet Insights Unwrapped series, we have a robust schedule of distance learning already in place for June, July and August and will look for ways to enhance those insights and bring even more value to our attendees and exhibitors. More information about these opportunities will be available soon.

“In the meantime, we know you will have many questions about what the cancellation of the show means for your company specifically, and we have tried to address those questions in this resource. We are working through the specific details about how registration and booth fees will be refunded or applied as a credit to the 2021 show and will have more information for you very soon. We remain committed to transparency and will continue to update you with any relevant information as we work through the details of the cancellation with our partners, the city of Chicago, McCormick Place and others.

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“Please know how much we appreciate being part of this community. The cancellation of the Sweets & Snacks Expo is disappointing, but our enthusiasm for the confectionery and snack industries is stronger than ever thanks to the outpouring of support and encouragement we have had this month from exhibitors and retail customers alike. We know that with your engagement and support the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 24-27 in Chicago) will be the best one yet.

“Again, we wish to thank you for your support – not only during this time of crisis, but also over the past 23 years we have been working together to build the unique and special community that makes up the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service team at (833) 336-3206 if you have questions about your participation.

“We are here to help. Remember – we are all in this together! Our collective resilience, grit and determination will get us through this trying time.”