What the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo brought to Indianapolis 

The 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo, a standout event in the industry, was held from May 14 to 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. It offered a unique platform for unveiling new products and business opportunities.

The Sweet & Snacks Expo, a highly anticipated annual event, provides a unique opportunity for customers to preview and taste the latest products from renowned and emerging companies. It also offers a platform for direct interaction with company executives, marketing professionals, and sales representatives, providing insights beyond the world of sweets and snacks.

First time in Indiana, IN

After 25 successful years in Chicago, Sweets & Snacks Expo set up shop in Indianapolis because it is the right city to meet the growing demands of the show and the community. The 2024 show began a new multi-year partnership with the City of Indianapolis.

John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association – which is the host organization for the Sweets & Snacks Expo – said: “As the top innovation showcase in the confectionery and snack categories, the Sweets & Snacks Expo offers an opportunity for the community to come together to debut products, gain insights, and create meaningful connections. This year’s show solidified that there is no better place to do so than right here in Indianapolis. You could feel a renewed energy on the show floor from manufacturers, retailers, brokers, and suppliers alike – and everyone is buzzing about our bright future.”

Most Innovative New Product Awards

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Sweets & Snacks Expo announced the winners of the 2024 Most Innovative New Product Awards, which recognize excellence in 13 categories and showcase the most innovative ideas, concepts, and products in the candy and snack industries.

The Most Innovative New Product Awards Winners:

  • Chocolate: SKIPPY – Milk Chocolate PB Minis
  • Meat Snacks: CHYLER’S™ – Hawaiian Beef Chips® – Original with Roasted Garlic
  • Savory Snacks: For the first time in MINPA history…a TIE!
  • Our Home, YOU NEED THIS – Hot Cheddar Fries
  • PepsiCo Foods – Doritos Dinamita Smoky Chile Queso
  • Seasonal: Crazy Candy, Anderson’s Crazy Candy – Peanut Brittle
  • Gum & Mints: Mars Wrigley North America, HUBBA BUBBA – Mini Gum in Skittles Original Flavors
  • Gourmet/Premium | Candy: Lakrids by Bulow – Passionfruit Chocolate-Coated Licorice
  • Baked Goods: Simply Good Foods Company, Quest® – Strawberry Cake Frosted Cookies
  • Novelty/Licensed: Amos Sweets Inc., Amos Peelerz – Gummy Banana
  • Non-Chocolate Candy: Amos Sweets Inc., Amos Peelerz – Gummy Mango
  • Salty Snacks: Nomad Snacks – Ramen Popcorn
  • Sweet Snacks: Nerdy Nuts – Banana Cream Pie Peanut Butter Treat
  • Small Business Innovator: Issei – Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mochi Gummies
  • Best in Show: Nerdy Nuts – Avalanche Peanut Butter Treat

Fast Facts About the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

1,000 exhibitors – a show record!
300+ first-time exhibitors
16,000 attendees
250,000+ square feet of show floor
25+ countries represented

The 2025 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Overall, the event was a huge success. The next editions will be even sweeter, as next year’s Sweet & Snacks 2025 will return to Indianapolis, while Sweet & Snacks 2026 will be in Las Vegas.

Photos and video courtesy of Francisco Avila