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Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023: Must-Have Products for Independent Retailers


The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023 showcased a range of innovative confectionery and snack products. Apple Cinnamon Chunk Nibbles took home the Best In Show award, while Jackson’s Food Co. won the Small Business Innovator award. Various categories recognized outstanding products, such as Mexican Hot Cocoa Bites, 4D Fruit Gummy Juicy Burst Strawberry, Mentos Fruit Mints with Vitamins Cool Fruity Mix, Peanut Butter Caramel Coated PopCrunch, and more. Independent retailers should consider stocking up on these award-winning products to attract customers and drive sales. By offering these innovative snacks, independent retailers can stand out and cater to the evolving tastes of their customers.

The Expo:

The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023 brought together industry leaders to celebrate the most innovative confectionery and snack products of the year. With the aim of recognizing and honoring companies that push the boundaries of innovation, the expo showcased an array of products that are set to captivate consumers. Independent retailers looking to stay ahead of the curve and attract customers should take note of these exciting new offerings.

The expo’s Best In Show award went to Apple Cinnamon Chunk Nibbles, a delightful combination of salty pretzels, dehydrated apples, organic cinnamon, cinnamon crumbles, and corn squares. This winning product stands out for its unique flavor profile and overall excellence as determined by a panel of judges. If Apple Cinnamon Chunk Nibbles aren’t readily available, here are some other Top Selling Snack Mixes:
PowerUp Trail Mix
Kind Bars

For small business innovators, Jackson’s Food Co. emerged as the winner of the Small Business Innovator award. Their Farmhouse Ranch Sweet Potato Chips, made with avocado oil, offer a dairy-free version of America’s favorite dressing on kettle-cooked sweet potato chips. Independent retailers can tap into the rising demand for alternative snacks, such as Hippeas which are some of the top-selling vegan snacks.

Other Winners:

In addition to the Best In Show and Small Business Innovator winners, several other categories showcased top-notch products that are worth considering for independent retailers. These categories and their respective winners include:

  • Chocolate Category: Mexican Hot Cocoa Bites from Kopper’s Chocolate
  • Non-Chocolate Category: 4D Fruit Gummy Juicy Burst Strawberry from Shenzhen Amos Sweets & Foods Co., Ltd.
  • Gum & Mints Category: Mentos Fruit Mints with Vitamins Cool Fruity Mix from Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc.
  • Salty Snack Category: Peanut Butter Caramel Coated PopCrunch from Big Dipper Food Co.
  • Sweet Snacks Category: Parfait Poppers: Nature’s Raspberries Frozen Fresh in Greek Yogurt & Granola from Tru Fru LLC
  • Meat Snacks Category: Jack Link’s Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Beef Jerky from PepsiCo Foods
  • Savory Snack Category: Ancho Kimchi Flavored Peanuts from Truly Good Foods
  • Novelty/Licensed Category: Peach Nectar TastySounds Recordable Lollipop from Shenzhen Amos Sweets & Foods Co., Ltd.
  • Seasonal Category: Strawberries & Cream White Chocolate Macadamias from Hawaiian Host LLC
  • Gourmet/Premium Candy Category: Nature’s Strawberries Hyper-Dried Fresh in White & Dark Chocolate from Tru Fru LLC
  • Gourmet/Premium Snack Category: Cranberry Sweeties from Oh Snap!

These products stood out for their innovative flavors, creative combinations, and unique experiences they offer to consumers. Independent retailers can leverage these award-winning products to differentiate themselves from larger chains and cater to the evolving tastes and preferences of their customers.

By stocking up on these innovative and award-winning products, independent retailers have the opportunity to attract new customers, generate repeat business, and drive sales. The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2023 has provided a glimpse into the future of confectionery and snack products, and independent retailers can stay ahead of the competition by embracing these exciting offerings.

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