All Candy Expo

The National Confectioners Association (NCA), sponsor of the All Candy Expo, announced that the dates of the 2008 EXPO have moved to May 20 - 22. Billed as the largest confectionery, cookie and snack show in the Americas, the Expo will settle into spring dates starting in 2008 to address the ever-changing market needs of the majority of its longtime exhibitors and key customers. With exhibitor participation up by 12 percent and touting a floor plan that grew nearly 9 percent in size from 2006, the All Candy Expo will only continue to grow in 2008.

"We added over 130 new exhibiting companies in 2007 and the debut of the Gourmet Marketplace became one of the hottest spots on the show floor, the date change is only another positive that will help us continue to grow, " said NCA President Graham.

By welcoming snack and cookie companies to exhibit for the first time in 2007, the EXPO's exhibitor base increased by nearly 15 percent. NCA research indicated that the majority of buyers surveyed purchase both snacks and confectionery products. Confectionery products along with the newly-added snack and cookie categories make up a $70 billion industry in the U.S., so the EXPO offers even more ways that attendees can improve their buying efficiencies.

Another major bonus for future visitors to the EXPO is that it will remain in the ultra-convenient and attendee-friendly West Building of McCormick Place that it debuted in this past fall. The National Confectioners Association is working closely with McCormick Place, the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau and key members of the confectionery industry to insure that the change in dates goes seamlessly for attendees and exhibitors.

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